Benni McCarthy reveals interest from Rangers whilst playing for Porto

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Former Blackburn star Benni McCarthy says he could have joined Rangers.

Former Champions League winner Benni McCarthy has revealed in this month's issue of Four Four Two that he had an offer to join Rangers, but joined Blackburn instead.

McCarthy, 37, has now retired from professional football after a lengthy career, and is now working as a coach with Rangers' Scottish Championship rivals Hibernian.

McCarthy, who hit 32 goals in 80 games for South Africa, played for Seven Stars, Ajax, Celta Vigo, Porto, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Orlando Pirates, but his career path could have been so much different.

Two years after winning the Champions League with Jose Mourinho's Porto side, McCarthy left the Portuguese giants for Blackburn - yet could have ended up at Rangers.

Speaking to Four Four Two, McCarthy revealed that the Ibrox side wanted to sign him, but a conversation with his former boss Mourinho helped him choose a move to the Premier League instead.

"I had options or interest to join Manchester City, Middlesbrough, West Ham, Spurs and Liverpool, as well as Rangers in Scotland," said McCarthy.

"When Blackburn came in for me, I spoke to Mourinho at Chelsea. Porto refused to sell any players to Mourinho and he advised me: "Move to England, do well for a season and if you're still the player I had at Porto, I'll come and get you." I did well for Blackburn, who got me for just £2.5m - then they wouldn't sell me to Chelsea," he added.

McCarthy's career tailed off after during the 2009-10 season, going from a prolific goal machine to Blackburn to an unfit, bit-part player who was eventually flogged to West Ham.

A move to Rangers alongside his former Porto team-mate Nuno Capucho certainly would have been interesting, but Mourinho urged McCarthy to sign for Blackburn instead, scuppering any possibility of a move to Scotland.

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