Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City are after former Celtic target Ivan Toney, according to the Sun.
The newspaper believes that Championship club Brentford, who nabbed him ahead of the Hoops last summer, want as much as £25million for him. The former Peterborough man has had an electric debut season in England’s second tier, scoring 24 goals in 30 games [Transfermarkt].
And it looks as though he could be off to the Premier League as soon as next season, regardless of whether the Bees earn promotion or not. The Sun believes that Newcastle and West Ham are also both monitoring the centre-forward.
All the more frustrating for Celtic than considering he could’ve been lighting it up in Glasgow. Speaking to the Scottish Sun back in December, Peterborough’s Director of Football Barry Fry outlined Toney’s previous desire to move up north.
“Ivan wanted to go to Celtic because of the relationship he had with Gavin Strachan through working with him at Peterborough last season. And let’s be fair, Celtic are also one of the biggest clubs in the world with their support.
“At the time, they were prepared to give him £25,000 a week — more than what the others were prepared to. That said, he’s got a better deal at Brentford. Brentford really wanted him and did their homework. But Ivan would have walked to Celtic.”
Brendan Rodgers signing Ivan Toney would only add to Celtic fans’ frustrations
If the Englishman, who’s yet to be capped at any age level, signs for Rodgers at Leicester, it would sum this one up from a Celtic fan’s perspective. Losing him out to a figure who still attracts such controversial discussion at Parkhead would be a fitting end.
Celtic made the decision to instead sign Albian Ajeti in the summer. In fairness to the champions, it looked a smart move at face-value. A £5million striker in the door who had previous international and Champions League experience? [Sky Sports]. It got the thumbs up from many Hoops fans.
But unfortunately the Swiss forward just hasn’t been the success we all would’ve hoped. Six goals by February is a dreadful return. And from a player we all hoped would’ve netted in the region of 25-30 goals this term.
It’s also worth remembering he’s also had the chance to hit the reset button and go again. Ajeti has started four of our last five matches. However, outside of a late goal at Rugby Park, he’s offered very little in his most recent run.
So, naturally, reports showing off Toney’s form and potential summer options are painful reminders of the error we made in the summer. Not necessarily in bringing Albian in, but in allowing Brentford’s Toney to stay down south.
Oh well, it wouldn’t be a normal year at Celtic without a big summer regret or two.