Report: Celtic still have a big interest in striker Ivan Toney despite £10m valuation

By John McGinley

July 31, 2020

Celtic are still keen on bringing Ivan Toney to Glasgow this summer after having a bid for the player turned down by Peterborough United last week, STV journalist Raman Bhardwaj has reported.

It was reported by The Daily Mail on Wednesday morning that the Scottish champions had tabled a £4m bid for the exciting attacker last Friday, which was booted out by the English League One club.

It’s said by the paper that Peterborough value him at something more like £10m, which seems very expensive for a player operating in the third-tier, despite his incredible form last term.

As Bhardwaj discusses, Toney scored an impressive 26 time last season, also adding seven assists to his direct goal contribution (Transfermarkt).

He was the league’s top scorer by a distance and looks destined to make a move to a bigger team.

That Celtic are interested in a player who could command a high seven-figure fee is pleasing, especially with the interest apparently persisting past rejected bids.

The Bhoys have already pursued Vasilis Barkas this summer after the initial rejection of opening bids so it would make sense if we return for Toney too.

It seems that once we identify a target under the recruitment system built by Nick Hammond, we commit.

Reported Celtic target Ivan Toney / (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Toney, still just 23, would add real strength to the striking department which could do with another ‘sure thing’ performer beyond Odsonne Edouard.

Leigh Griffiths is still getting back to full fitness while Patryk Klimala is untested in competitive action.

Vakoun Bayo meanwhile is injured again and has failed to make an impact since joining last year.

Will Celtic now follow their interest in Peterborough’s main man?

In other news, Celtic’s transfer priorities have been detailed in a report from Stephen McGowan this week.