Ivan Toney has been the one key Celtic transfer regret this season, but tonight he could do us a big favour for next season.
Yes, regardless of where you look, you’ll see a Celtic fan this seeing lamenting the failure to purchase Toney last summer. No wonder either, he’s gone on to Brentford and netted 31 goals in 49 appearances in the English Championship [Transfermarkt].
But tonight, he could finally give us a boost. In what way I hear you ask? He can put one of the final nails in Bournemouth’s season as they face off in the first leg of the playoffs. The game will be broadcast tonight live on Sky Sports with a 6pm kickoff time.
Why should we care? Well, reportedly, this is one of the main reasons regarding the delay from Celtic in announcing Eddie Howe. TalkSPORT’s Alex Crook, a journalist close to Bournemouth, claimed that the Cherries getting back into the Premier League could hamper Howe’s chances of taking some of his favoured backroom team to Scotland.
Therefore, a semi-final exit could do wonders for Celtic. It should help speed up the process and allow Howe to bag the men he wants. The Daily Record, meanwhile, also believes that Howe is waiting for his backroom team to become available.
Ivan Toney doing Celtic a favour would be a nice change
Whenever we’ve thought of Ivan Toney this season, the only emotion or feeling that comes from it is pain. After all, we could’ve been celebrating 10-in-a-row this summer had we managed to sign him up.
Granted, it doesn’t matter who does the business for Brentford tonight. If they secure a comfortable win, it puts them in a great position for the second leg. More importantly, it likely moves forward Howe’s appointment by potentially a week.
With the playoff final not due to be played until May 29th, the last thing we need is making an announcement in June. Ideally, we get this wrapped up before the end of the month so that we have plenty of time to bring in players and prepare ourselves for pre-season.
If Celtic aren’t going to announce Howe this week, it would be an even bigger blow if we couldn’t do it next week either. All of a sudden, you’re into June with Champions League qualifiers in just over a month’s time.
So the sooner Howe’s backroom team becomes available to him, the better from a Celtic perspective. Finally, it should enable the club to wrap this deal up and start prepping their assault on the title next season.
So Ivan Toney, step up tonight please. We’re all sick of the negative emotions when your name pops up.