Retired English veteran Kevin Phillips believes that Ivan Toney should choose to sign for Celtic ahead of Brentford.
Last week, Peterborough United’s Director of Football Barry Fry claimed that Celtic were running out of time to sign their star striker (Daily Mail). That’s despite the fact that Fry claimed that Parkhead was Toney’s preferred destination.
There have been no reports that suggest that Celtic’s interest in Toney has furthered. However, given the striker bagged 26 goals in 39 appearances last season for the Posh (Transfermarkt), he certainly looks a valuable commodity should the Hoops sign him up.
And Phillips believes Parkhead would be the ideal destination for him. Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips labeled the Celtic Park atmosphere as “awesome” after he was asked whether Celtic or Brentford would be best for the player.
“I have always been an advocate of trying to stay in the Championship or Premier League.
“But if it was a choice between Brentford and Celtic and you have a chance to play in the Champions League and a chance to be part of a squad that could make history – I would opt to go to Celtic.
“To play in front of those supporters, we have all heard it and seen it, it would be awesome. To have this chance at this stage in his career, to play in the Champions League, wow. Not many player get the opportunity to do that so I would have to opt for Celtic.”
Toney deal remains up in the air
Fry claimed that Celtic were going to come back to them regarding Toney. That was the last reported development in the story where our interest is concerned. It’s all up in the air as to whether the Hoops have made contact with the League One side again.
However, Toney isn’t the only striker we’ve been linked with. The BBC reported over the weekend that Celtic are still locked in talks with both Steven Fletcher and Albian Ajeti. Therefore, if you’re going by that, Toney would be below those two players in terms of who we can expect to come in the door.
But there’s no denying that Celtic holds a special carrot this season. The prospect of qualifying for the Champions League is there on an annual basis. That won’t ever change. On the other hand, players have to chance to just waltz into Parkhead and make themselves legends within a year. You can argue whether that’s perhaps too strong a word, but they can certainly put themselves on a pedestal.
If you’re a valuable member of a Celtic squad who goes on to win the 10 consecutive Premiership title, you’ll be remembered forever. Look at how fondly Wim Jansen is remembered by the club and the supporters for coming in for a year, stopping the 10, and departing just days later.
So Phillips’ reasons for encouraging Toney to come to Parkhead are valid. However, whether the English striker actually gets the opportunity to do so still doesn’t look close to being certain.