Celtic missed out on a 40-50 goal forward in Ivan Toney, according to Peterborough’s Director of Football Barry Fry, who was speaking exclusively to Football Fan Cast.
According to the Scottish Daily Mail’s chief football writer Stephen McGowan, the 25-year-old went as far as travelling to Glasgow for talks over a move last summer.
Toney punishes Celtic with Brentford heroics
Ultimately, Celtic could not strike the deal, and Brentford moved in to sign the striker for an undisclosed fee. He has since been sensational in the Championship, with 28 goals and nine assists under his belt already this season.
He is six clear at the top of the scoring charts in the division and is powering Brentford’s promotion bid, and Fry reckons that the Hoops will surely be looking on enviously, saying:
“Toney would have got 40/50 goals playing in Scotland, no disrespect to Scottish football.
“He would have been a sensation because he doesn’t only score goals, he makes goals. He’ll go to the very top, Ivan Toney, that’s for sure.
“I’m sure they [Celtic] do [regret not signing Toney] already. I’m sure they regret it, not breaking the bank for him.”
Transfer Tavern verdict
It’s difficult to dispute Fry’s 40-50 goal claim given Toney’s devastating record of late.
With Odsonne Edouard linked with the likes of Leicester, Arsenal and Liverpool, the 25-year-old Brentford predator would have been a ready-made replacement at centre-forward before potentially moving on himself for a very healthy profit.
Indeed, as Fry says, it seems that Toney is destined to follow in the footsteps of Ollie Watkins and make a big-money step-up to the Premier League, with Celtic left wondering what might have been as they look on from afar while he prospers.
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