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Khan: Rantie is running out of opportunities

Farouk Khan is hopeful that Tokelo Rantie will make the most of his chance at Bloemfontein Celtic when the Premier Soccer League is able to resume.

The well-travelled 29-year-old Bafana striker was released by Mamelodi Sundowns in January and had been without a club until Celtic offered him the chance of a contract.

A former Stars of Africa graduate, under the guidance of Khan, the often divisive Rantie has probably played for a few more club than he would have liked.

He has played for the likes of Malmo in Sweden, Bournemouth in England and Genclerbirligi in Turkey - but has struggled to settle down in recent years, being released by Downs as well as Cape Town City.

Now at Celtic, Khan told the Sowetan: "Rantie is the only one who can solve his problems. It's up to him to decide and say 'I have had enough and this is my last chance'.

"I pray that he gives himself a fair chance and sort out his problems. We can never count him out because God works in wondrous way."

Celtic spokesperson Sello Nduna explained that the club were happy to give Rantie an opportunity.

"Tokelo is still with us and like all our players, he is training from home. He is such a good boy and was coming alright before the lockdown.

"As the club, we met with him and had a discussion about what is expected of him during this time.

"All he needs is love and to be given the support he needs."