Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Peterborough director of football Barry Fry believes Celtic regret their decision not to sign Ivan Toney.
Toney, who eventually left Peterborough for Championship side Brentford, was a target for Celtic last summer. However, according to Fry, the former SPFL champions messed about too much in their attempts to sign the 25-year-old, resulting in their failure to acquire his services.
Toney has since gone on to become the deadliest striker in English football’s second division, showing Celtic what they have missed out on. He has already scored an incredible 28 goals in the Championship this season and is now being linked with a move to the Premier League.
Discussing Celtic’s failure to sign Toney last summer, Fry told FFC in an exclusive interview:
“Toney would have got 40/50 goals playing in Scotland, no disrespect to Scottish Football. He would have been a sensation because Toney doesn’t only score goals, he makes goals. He doesn’t only score goals and make goals, he’s also the best defender we’ve had. He goes back for corners and free-kicks and nine out of 10 times, he’s the one that clears it out the box.
“And he’s hungry. He wants to listen, he wants to learn, he wants to improve. He’ll go to the very top, Ivan Toney, that’s for sure. I’m sure they [Celtic] do [regret not signing Toney] already. I’m sure they regret it, not breaking the bank for him.”
Indeed, losing out on Toney certainly looks like an opportunity missed. Having surrendered their title to rivals Rangers in disappointing fashion, the Bhoys could have done with having a player of the Brentford forward’s quality in their squad.