Rantie is getting better and better – Maduka

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Bloemfontein Celtic coach John Maduka is hopeful that troubled striker Tokelo Rantie will impress enough to earn a contract with the club.

Rantie has been training with Siwelele before the lockdown with the hope of securing a contract, after seeing his contract terminated by Mamelodi Sundowns.

But with football being halted for more than three months, Celtic were unable to make a decision on whether to sign the former Bournemouth player or not.

Maduka has since confirmed that the club will only make a final decision before the 2020/21 season commence.

“Tokelo is still training with us, he is still with the team and unfortunately because of the lockdown everyone had to go home,” Maduka told reporters on Wednesday.

“He has been doing well at training but remember like I said, we have not had any friendly matches because when you are assessing the players you make sure you also see them in a game situation. Unfortunately, in a situation we are in right now we don’t have any friendlies.

“But what I can say is that he is still training with the team and he is working very hard,” – Maduka.

“He is getting better and better and we hope that he continues working hard so that we see what happens. A decision will be made in the coming season but we are not going to sign him for the remainder of the matches but he is still with the team and training well,” he said.

Celtic will be in action on Saturday when they take on Baroka in the first Nedbank cup semi-final match at Orlando Stadium starting at 14:00.

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