Our View: English side's transfer policy must frustrate Celtic chiefs

By Hamish Carton

July 30, 2020

One of the most intriguing aspects of Celtic’s bid to sign Ivan Toney has been the public nature of the developments.

Usually, the Hoops’ transfer business is kept relatively quiet – like we saw with the club’s move for Greek goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas.

However, when it comes to dealing with Peterborough United, it seems like discussions are going to be held in the public domain.

Toney isn’t the first player we’ve targeted at the Posh under Neil Lennon.

Cardiff City’s Lee Tomlin (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Back in 2013, we failed in a bid to bring in attacker Lee Tomlin from the English side.

The manner of our swoop for the Englishman annoyed Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony so much that he took to Twitter to vent his frustration.

According to the Daily Record, the fact we had bid for Tomlin on the final day of the English window had angered MacAnthony and others at the club.

Toney looks like our best transfer option

They say that time is a healer, and many of a Hoops persuasion will hope that MacAnthony has got over his Celtic frustrations from yesteryear.

He, and Posh Director of Football Barry Fry are both very active on social media – so chances are that the Celtic support will be kept informed about our interest in the player.

MacAnthony (left) alongside Fry (right) (Photo by David Shipman – CameraSport via Getty Images )

Toney is looking increasingly like our new striking target, after a move for Albian Ajeti stalled, according to Sky Sports.

If we do indeed move again for Toney, then hopefully we do it right.

Nice and early – giving the mouthy Peterborough hierarchy little to complain about.

In other news, one thing became clear about Vasilis Barkas in his first day at the club.