Former Celtic target Ivan Toney is already attracting interest from Arsenal, just months after his move to the English Championship.
Given the six months that Celtic fans have experienced, this seems like the most predictable outcome of one of our big summer transfer sagas.
Toney was heavily linked with a move to the Bhoys.
There was confirmation on the Peterborough United side we were keen and had made offers.
Director of Football Barry Fry even told reporters that the striker’s preferred destination was Celtic [Scottish Sun].
Fry said in December: “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.”
Ultimately it was Brentford who came forward with the necessary bid to seal the deal with Posh.
That’s paying off for them so far. Toney has banged in 16 goals in 22 Championship appearances this term, also contributing four assists [Transfermarkt].
Arsenal impressed by Ivan Toney
Today, The Express reports that Arsenal scouts like what they’ve seen of Toney and are now tracking his progress in the English second-tier.
They could even consider him as a long-term replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, it’s said, though are not currently thinking of signing a striker in this window.
It just demonstrates Toney’s rise more than anything.
If Celtic had shown a bit more flexibility in negotiations or pushed the boat out a little more on the 24-year-old, we could have had a red hot asset on our hands, as well as an Odsonne Edouard replacement.
Sadly it was not to be. It’ll be fascinating to see where his career goes from here.