Peterborough chief Barry Fry has told Celtic to stop “piddling about” in their pursuit of Ivan Toney as he could make the Hoops £50m in the future.
Celtic have reportedly had a bid of £5m thrown out by the League One club, who are believed to have a £9m offer on the table from Brentford. However, Celtic’s chances of signing the striker were boosted last night, when Brentford lost the play off final against Fulham.
Celtic’s head of recruitment, Nick Hammond, has been in transfer talks with Fry over the last week. Although, Fry told SunSport: “They (Celtic) mentioned they may be selling one or two. I think they’re trying it on to try to get Toney cheap. I’ve had experience with Celtic, so I know the score. I know the manager wants a tenth title and he’s identified our bloke as the best. Gavin Strachan’s gone there and he’s backed up the opinion of Toney. They’ve told Peter Lawwell and Nicky Hammond to go and get him, but they won’t get Toney with what they’re piddling about with, that’s for sure.”
Fry continued by speculating about the impact Toney could have in Glasgow, talking like a typical salesman: “Toney would be a revelation for Celtic, he’d be a star, for definite. He’d score 30 to 40 goals up there, he really would. Not only is he brilliant in the box, scoring and creating with his right foot, left foot and head, at six foot four he’s also our best defender. Celtic will get £40-50m for him.”