Ex-Celtic and Scotland forward Frank McAvennie appeared on a recent edition of the BBC’s Sportsound Scottish Football podcast to discuss the latest goings-on in Scotland’s top tier and the ex-forward spent some time talking about alleged Celtic target and current Peterborough United forward Ivan Toney during the show.
Reports have been linking the Hoops with a move for Toney recently. According to the Daily Record, Celtic have had a £5m bid rejected for the 24-year-old Englishman, who is currently valued at £360k by Transfermarkt.
Barry Fry, who is currently Peterborough United’s director of football, recently told The Sun that he thinks Celtic are “trying it on to try and get Toney cheap,” going on to say that he believes Toney “would be a revelation for Celtic,” claiming that the Hoops “will get £40-50m for him.”
Former Celtic forward McAvennie shared his thoughts on Toney during his recent appearance on the BBC’s Sportsound Scottish Football podcast and he shared a more sceptical view on the reported Celtic target.
McAvennie said: “He’s been all over the place. He’s been in more clubs than I’ve been in nightclubs, so if he can come up here and score the goals that he [did] last year, then fine – but you have got to wonder why he’s been moved all over the place like that.”
Do you think that Ivan Toney would be a good signing for Celtic?
Toney has made senior appearances for seven different clubs during his career, however, this is mainly due to the fact that he was sent on loan to a variety of different clubs when he was a Newcastle United player, so it may be unfair to hold that against him.
Toney left Newcastle to join Peterborough United on a permanent basis in August 2018. He ended his first season with the Posh as the club’s top goalscorer and he went on to end the 2019/20 campaign as the top goalscorer in League One, so it may be fairer to judge Toney based on his positive performances over the last two seasons, as he may be benefitting from the stability of being a permanent Peterborough United player following his plethora of loan spells at different clubs.