BENNI MAY JOIN SCOTTISH GIANTS

ALL-TIME Bafana Bafana top goal-scorer Benni McCarthy looks certain to leave struggling Blackburn Rovers after recent interests from Scottish giants Glascow Celtic.

ALL-TIME Bafana Bafana top goal-scorer Benni McCarthy looks certain to leave struggling Blackburn Rovers after recent interests from Scottish giants Glascow Celtic.

The English Premiership side are reported to have put a price tag of R30million for McCarthy, who has not been a regular at Ewood Park.

McCarthy has since been advised by Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and captain Aaron Mokoena to look for a new club where he can play regularly.

Mokoena said McCarthy, who has rattled the net 31 times for Bafana, will have to play regularly to enhance his chances of representing South Africa at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

McCarthy's business manager, Rob Moore, yesterday did not confirm nor deny that Celtic have made a formal offer to McCarthy to join them.

"Let's wait and see what will happen in the next few days, but I can confirm that there have been a lot of interests from a number of clubs," said the Spain-based Moore yesterday.

It is also common knowledge that that two other Premiership clubs, Portsmouth and Fulham are also keen to have McCarthy on board.

If he joins Portsmouth, McCarthy will reunite with Mokoena, while at Fulham he will become a team-mate of compatriot Kagisho Dikgacoi.

Mokoena said: "As a South African, I will support a move by Benni to a club where he will play regularly. He's a deadly striker who will help the country at the World Cup."

There is also a possibility that McCarthy could rejoin Portuguese giants Porto, with whom he won the European Champions League in 2004.

McCarthy, who could not be reached for comment, last week revealed that he had decided to leave Rovers to a join club where he will play regularly.

He said he was working hard at training to be fully fit for the World Cup, which he described as the "biggest ever sport event to take place on the African soil".

The 32-year-old Cape Town-born striker moved to Ewood Park from Portuguese giants Porto for £2.5million in July 2006.

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