Having already signed one striker this month in Patryk Klimala, Celtic are believed to have sent scouts to watch another target man in action.
Bristol Post journalist Gregor MacGregor tweeted (via @GeeMacGee) that the Hoops were among a number of clubs currently scouting Peterborough forward Ivan Toney, with the Scottish champions joined by Bristol City and Brentford in dispatching scouts to monitor the 23-year-old in his team’s 4-0 win over Wycombe in midweek.
— Gregor MacGregor (@GeeMacGee) January 23, 2020
Toney has been in excellent form for Peterborough in English League One, with 19 in 32 games in all competitions this term following on from his 32-goal haul in 55 matches last season. Celtic’s scouts chose a good time to see him in action, too, with the ex-Newcastle striker scoring twice in the Posh’s 4-0 thrashing of second-placed Wycombe on Tuesday to cement his place as the division’s top scorer with 17 goals to his name.
The 23-year-old is evidently a striker with a fine scoring record, although it should be noted that the vast majority of his career goals have come in the lower echelons of the English Football League. His only top-flight experience amounts to two substitute appearances for Newcastle in 2015/16 which totalled 10 minutes (as per TransferMarkt).
Toney would also be up against some strong competition for the centre-forward berth at Celtic, whose manager Neil Lennon regularly starts with just one striker. Odsonne Edouard is most often that man, which is easy to understand given that his 17 goals make him the Hoops’ joint-top scorer for the season so far.
Aside from the Frenchman, Leigh Griffiths has also enjoyed a revival of late with two goals in a week taking him to five in 683 minutes of game-time this term (one every 136.6 minutes), while the Scottish champions spent £3.5m to bring Klimala to the club earlier this month (as per The Scottish Sun) off the back of scoring seven goals in 17 league games for Jagiellonia Bialystok in his native Poland.
Although Toney has a magnificent scoring record for Peterborough, and even with Lennon playing with two strikers in Celtic’s last couple of games, the 23-year-old would probably face a struggle to get into the starting XI were he to join the Scottish champions.
The Hoops already have one striker in Vakoun Issouf Bayo who, having played just 330 minutes and scored once this season, looks surplus to requirements. Also, after spending £3.5m on Klimala, Lennon will most likely want to give him a decent chunk of action over the next few months, and with the in-form Edouard and Griffiths also in the mix, Celtic don’t seem to have any great need for Toney right now.
Celtic fans, would Toney be a decent addition given his fine scoring form or would he be a superfluous presence at the club given the presence of several other strikers? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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