Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has stated that Ivan Toney won’t be leaving the club this month.
Celtic were reported as scouting the striker this season by the Daily Record. They claimed that Celtic had been to watch him in action on two occasions.
The Record also stated that Peterborough’s Director of Football, Barry Fry, was adamant that Toney was going nowhere this season.
And that seems to have been backed up by their manager Ferguson. Speaking to Peterborough Today regarding his future, Ferguson said the following:
“The owners don’t want to sell Ivan and they won’t. Obviously if a completely ridiculous offer to a League One club comes in common sense might take over, but I doubt it will happen.
“And Ivan is a model professional as well as the best striker in League One. He just gets on with his work.
“Ivan has improved in my 12 months at the club. He’s more aggressive, his hold-up play is better and he is also an excellent defender of set-pieces. He’s just a complete all-rounder and we are lucky to have him.”
A deal worth waiting until the summer for?
If Celtic are going to want Toney in this window, goodness knows how much we would need to cough up. Considering the fact we already have four strikers at the club as things stand, there’s no urgent need to bring him in now.
Meanwhile, his contract expires in the summer of 2021 (Transfermarkt). That could see us land him for less money than we would have to pay if he was still under contract long-term.
However, it’s also not a deal that we would fancy letting slip through our grasp. We’re only in January and Toney has bagged 20 goals at League One level (Transfermarkt). That more than suggests he can do a job in the Scottish Premiership if provided service.
Whether he’s a potential replacement for Odsonne Edouard is always the question we’ll ask for any new striker being linked with the club. If Eddy goes and Toney was to come in, he would be viewed by many as the natural choice to take Edouard’s place – that kind of expectation could be a bit high for now. There’s also no confirmation, of course, that Edouard is set to leave.
Regardless, it’s clear that Peterborough don’t want to lose him anytime soon. It’s also interesting to hear Ferguson openly speak about a ridiculous offer potentially coming in from League One. That suggests that we’ve yet to make a move of our own.
Whether it’s a deal done this month or the summer, Toney has a fine goal return that deserves to see him scouted further. But it doesn’t look as though a deal to Parkhead is anywhere near in its closing stages.