Celtic were in the hunt for Ivan Toney this summer. The Peterborough United striker was being heavily linked with a move to Parkhead throughout the transfer window as the Bhoys needed some extra firepower to back up Odsonne Edouard.
In the end, Celtic ended up bringing in Albian Ajeti and the Swiss frontman has certainly proved to be a hit himself, scoring five goals in 10 games so far for the Scottish club.
Toney, meanwhile, did not join his former coach at London Road, Gavin Strachan, in heading to Paradise this summer.
Whilst Celtic will be happy with Ajeti’s contribution so far there is no doubt that having Toney would have also been a huge benefit, considering the form he has been in at his new club.
Toney ended up replacing Ollie Watkins at Brentford in a reported (Peterborough Today) initial £5 million, potentially rising to £10 million with add-ons.
The results have been very impressive.
Toney scored twice last night as the Bees defeated Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship. After taking four games to score his first goal, Toney has now been on an impressive run of seven goals in just four games.
Celtic were, of course, happy and fortunate to keep hold of Edouard in the summer, and with Ajeti arriving the Bhoys have plenty of striking talent.
But as Toney finds his feet, moving to the top of the Championship goalscoring charts ahead of Adam Armstrong and former Celtic winger Scott Sinclair, Celtic will no doubt be disappointed not to have won this transfer battle.