Celtic would’ve got “40/50” goals a season from Ivan Toney, had he signed for the Bhoys.
That’s according to the typically outspoken Barry Fry. The Peterborough United Director has previously said Toney “would’ve walked” to Celtic. Now, for whatever reason, he’s sticking the boot in again.
Toney is not the only recent Posh target. Reports linking Siriki Dembélé persist, with the Bhoys needing wing reinforcements. The older brother of youth prodigy Karamoko, Celtic have been talked as a landing spot for the attacker for a considerable length of time.
In an interview with Football FanCast, Fry said:
“Toney would have got 40/50 goals playing in Scotland, no disrespect to Scottish Football. He would have been a sensation because Toney doesn’t only score goals, he makes goals. [Toney] doesn’t only score goals and make goals, he’s also the best defender we’ve had. He goes back for corners and free-kicks and nine out of 10 times, he’s the one that clears it out the box.
“And he’s hungry. He wants to listen, he wants to learn, he wants to improve. 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.”
“No disrespect to Scotland” says Barry Fry on Ivan Toney, seconds before disrespecting Scotland
Let’s get this out of the way first; it’s annoying patter, this. Fry is essentially doing the thing you see EFL fans doing on Twitter. “My nan could score 100 up there, pub league”. Etc.
Don’t get us wrong, Ivan Toney is a very good footballer. Celtic should’ve signed him. This much is apparent; the Brentford man has scored 28 goals and made 9 assists in 40 games [Transfermarkt].
There are, however, examples of English league players coming up the road and failing dismally. Joey Barton is the funniest example. From our perspective, there’s Juninho, Jeremie Aliadiere, Mo Camara, Tony Cascarino and approximately 40/50 others, at least.
Still, it would’ve been nice. Toney seems like he’s destined for the Premier League. Whether that’s with Brentford or another side is unclear as of yet. Celtic took a gamble instead on Albian Ajeti from West Ham United, and it’s not been particularly successful.
Bear in mind, though, that Ajeti had Switzerland caps and starred for FC Basel. Toney, at the time, was a promising striker but in the context of England’s League One, the third tier. So, much as we can look back and lament, Ajeti seemed more valuable on paper.
Not that it’s any consolation.