Celtic track unhappy Benni

2010-01-02 17:01

Johannesburg - Celtic have reportedly registered an interest in signing Blackburn Rovers' want-away South African striker Benni McCarthy.

McCarthy has repeatedly signaled his intentions to leave the Lancashire club in search of regular game time to boost his chances of appearing in the 2010 World Cup.

The Scottish Premier League club would, however, first need to free up the £2.5 million asking price for McCarthy which, according to the Daily Mail could be achieved by selling one of Scott McDonald, Barry Robson or Gary Caldwell to Championship side Middlesbrough.

The 32-year-old, who joined the English Premier League side from Portuguese club Porto for 2.5 million pounds in July 2006, feels that he has become a peripheral figure at Ewood Park under manager Sam Allardyce.

"I'd like to stay in England. This is a great league," McCarthy told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"I'm just unhappy with my situation and need to feel wanted again. I'm not getting any younger but I know I can still make an impact.

"This is a very big year for me. To come from South Africa and have the chance to play for my country in the World Cup is massive.

"I can't risk that by playing the odd game here and there for Blackburn. I need to play and I hope they will allow me to fulfil that dream.

"They got me for next to nothing and they've had a good return with more than 50 goals in about 130 games.

"Hopefully they won't ask an unreasonable fee and let me go when the window opens," McCarthy added. 


  • mapeloza - 2010-01-02 21:05

    well well i wish you nothing but the best Benny, hope your wish come true and i would really like to see you playing for Bafana Bafana in 2010. you are a true star and we love and support you. please make sure you are on top of your game by the time the world cup is here. i love you and good luck.

  • Glen - 2010-01-02 21:06

    He is not worth that much. He is a plonker. Celtic will do well not to waste their money on him

  • khami - 2010-01-03 14:36

    Wish u all the best,you are a true south african ... Best player in south africa.Hope your dream is fullfilled before you retire,our dream is to win world cup and you are part of our attacking force for 2010.

  • Glen - 2010-01-03 18:52

    @khami Your dream is to win the world cup ?!?!? Do us a favour and at least hope bafana bafana score a goal (even an own goal) and then we can consider this world cup a success

  • Impi - 2010-01-04 08:00

    @Glen - Dare to dream. Get behind the great Bafana Bafana, or shut up. In fact, just shut up anyway. I'm with you Khami.

  • Joe - 2010-01-04 09:01

    He is the best we have ----- and that`s a huge problem.

  • Master Gee - 2010-01-04 10:07

    Agree with Joe - If he's the best we have and people reckon he's going to save Bafana Bafana then dream on as this will only happen in your dreams. Smell the coffee - BB are crap and they'll be lucky to get a point in the first round.

  • Ting Fang Lee - 2010-01-04 11:28

    Come on....guys. Benni had enough and more chances for Bafana Bafana to shine. Is he the only player in the whole of South Africa who is dreaming to play for Bafana Bafana? If Benni has to realise his dream, he should have woken up from his slepp long time ago...! Football is greater than any individual.

  • Lynchely - 2010-01-04 12:30

    Gwalla Benny, Benny is the man. To all you fools dont hate the player hate the game.

  • FINOLIZIE - 2010-01-05 10:43

    i thnk tis better for the country as we've witnessed the overweighing MacCarthy during his prev game on Bafana's side. I thnk with practice or regular gaming will be the best Benni we could remimber.

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