Once Celtic’s new manager arrives in the Parkhead dugout, whoever it happens to be may well have to watch their team play without a certain Odsonne Edouard.
The Frenchman has scored 20 goals this term but could be on his way out of the club if you believe reports.
If he does indeed walk through the exit door, Celtic could be in trouble from an attacking point of view.
Since then, he has scored a whopping 28 goals for the Bees, leaving the Hoops hierarchy ruing what could have been.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast last week, Peterborough’s Barry Fry said: “Toney would have got 40/50 goals playing in Scotland, no disrespect to Scottish Football.”
With that kind of tally in mind, he could have been the difference between Celtic winning and losing the SPFL title this term.
He is a magnificent forward, a player capable of not beating the goalkeeper, but bringing others into play; he has nine assists this season too.
Fry continued: “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.”
The Peterborough director of football concluded: “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.”
With all that said, the Glaswegian outfit should look at reviving their interest in the summer. Brentford have reportedly slapped a £30m price tag on his head so they’d have to break their transfer record to sign him.
It may be difficult for Celtic to lure him to Scotland, but if they can reduce the price, he’d be a first-class Edouard replacement.
Toney nets bucket loads of goals, scoring 54 times over the last two seasons. He could very quickly make the new manager’s stint a successful one if Celtic re-invest any potential fee they get for Edouard on signing Toney.