Ivan Toney to Celtic: Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson is looking for a quick sale

By John McGinley

August 4, 2020

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has admitted he’d rather get any deal to sell Celtic target Ivan Toney resolved quickly so he can plan for next season, The Peterborough Telegraph reports.

Celtic are said to still have a big interest in the League One goalscorer despite having an initial bid booted out for the player and his future could even be decided this week.

It’s an exciting link considering his 26 goals in 36 appearances last season and if the Bhoys can figure out the financials to sign up him it’d likely go down well with supporters.

Ferguson sounds resigned to losing his star man and is already making contingency plans for his exit.

As quoted by The Peterborough Telegraph, he said: “We will have to wait and see with Ivan and it could be a distraction if his situation rumbles on. That wouldn’t be ideal.

“It would be better if things were resolved quickly, but the owners quite rightly won’t sell him unless they get the right price so it could be we end up with the best striker in League One playing for us at the start of the season so I’m quite relaxed about it.

“Ivan won’t play in the first friendlies, but if he is still here as the new season approaches I will have to play him.

“I can’t sign anyone until he leaves which again is not ideal as I would want as much time as possible with the player we bring in to replace him. We have targets in mind and certainly the top two will have the same level of physicality that Ivan brought to the team.”

With Brentford said to be the other team most keen on Toney, tonight’s Championship play-off final against Fulham could well play a big role in determining the striker’s future.

Celtic target Ivan Toney celebrates scoring for Peterborough / (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

That’s certainly what The Glasgow Times are reporting, with the forward said to favour a move to Celtic if the Bees don’t end up in the Premier League and vice versa.

There’s plenty of twists and turns left in this one, so keep your eye on further updates.

In other news, Celtic are reported to have made contact with the agents of free-agent Steven Fletcher.