In the last two years, Celtic has made a range of failures on the transfer market.
Who is willing to forget about John McGinn, who became a Premier League star? And sadly, they appear to have succeeded in repeating it.
Ivan Toney, who was playing at League One side Peterborough, was one of the stars who had been regularly associated with the club last summer.
The hoops were involved in the striker and the player even decided to move to Parkhead.
But they just seem ready, which has helped Brentford to push their way in, to satisfy Peterborough United’s demands.
It now seems like Toney has already been to Glasgow and to Celtic Park, however in the end the club agreed to go for to Albian Ajeti, who has been picked up for £5m. In the background of Graham Spiers’ press box podcast, The Celtic Star notes that Stephen McGowan shed light on the situation:
“The one that sums it up best is Ivan Toney, who they had in Glasgow, actually in the building – who wanted to sign for Celtic and they could have got for £6 million. For whatever reason, probably financial, they decided not to commit and signed Ajeti.”
In retrospect, since Toney had a chance and undoubtedly had his favourite destination, it was a major error on the part of Hoops to not infer an offer for him.
Since switching to Championship side Brentford, the Englishman was positively sensational.
He has recorded 24 goals and 9 assists in 31 league appearances and could give several records by the end of the season if he could retain his shape as his side’s objective for promotion to the big league.
Clearly, Odsonne Edouard, who is aiming to go in the imminent summer transfer window, Toney should have been signed to takeover the goal department after Edouard does indeed depart.
He’s still in the Championship.
If he’s not promoted to his hand, he’ll potentially join up with a Premier League team in future with a fee of about £30 million or more.