Journalist Michael Gannon has recently criticised Celtic for missing out on summer transfer target Ivan Toney.
Gannon was a guest on the latest episode of the Record Celtic podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. One topic of discussion was the club’s recruitment in the transfer market. Gannon discussed the fact that the club missed out on Ivan Toney and he criticised the club’s board for not spending smartly.
Toney was heavily linked with a move to Celtic in the summer. The Hoops even had a bid rejected for the Englishman and their bid was in the region of £5million (as per the Daily Record). Brentford signed the striker for a fee of £5 million rising up to £10 million. He is currently valued at £4.05m.
Should Celtic have gone all out for Ivan Toney?
Gannon urged Celtic to spend smartly, considering how they missed out on Toney in the summer transfer window.
He said: “We look at the summer – Ivan Toney, who’s now getting talked about as a £40 million signing, banging in goals for Brentford. He cost them £10 million. They [Celtic] spent £5 million on Albian Ajeti. Odsonne Edouard cost £9 million, Odsonne Edouard will make them that in return.
“I’m not going to say the board are penny-pinching – I don’t think it’s true, I think they do spend money. I think it’ll be unfair. Sometimes, that money can be used a bit smarter.”
TIF Thoughts on Gannon’s comments regarding Toney…
Toney has been doing well for Brentford this season and he has already found the back of the net 14 times in 17 Championship appearances. He has also picked up two assists for the Bees (as per Transfermarkt).
The striker is currently the highest scorer in the Championship, tied with Adam Armstrong. It shows that he has had a very impressive campaign so far.
Since the Hoops are 13 points behind Rangers in the league table and have scored ten goals fewer than Rangers, it is understandable why Celtic fans should have regrets about the fact that the Hoops missed out on Toney.