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‘That was close’: Ivan Toney claims he nearly signed for Celtic

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‘That was close’: Ivan Toney claims he nearly signed for Celtic

Championship striker Ivan Toney has told Four Four Two that he very nearly signed for Celtic during the summer transfer window.

The Brentford start has scored 29 goals during his maiden campaign in London having signed for a fee which could rise to £9 million.

Celtic were keen on the talisman, however, with plenty of clubs interested in the Peterborough striker ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

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Now, Toney has lifted the lid on the interest from Celtic and even confirmed that talks took place.

He told Four Four Two (Print Edition; page 51): “Yeah that was close. I spoke to a few people up there – and I spoke to the manager. We just couldn’t get a deal over the line.”

Despite not signing for Celtic, the Brentford star couldn’t resist a little dig at Rangers.


Toney was asked by Four Four Two whether the title race would have been different had he signed for the Hoops.

He responded: “It would have been different. It’s all I’ll say.”

TBR View: Celtic should have moved heaven and earth for Toney

What a disaster it has proved to be by Celtic in failing to land the hotshot Championship striker.

Toney has taken the league by storm and was actually being interviewed by Four Four Two after being named number one of their Top 50 EFL players.

Reports earlier this week claimed that Brentford now value the player at £35 million.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but Celtic should have tried a lot harder to persuade the 25-year-old to sign for them.

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Toney ultimately scores goals but his game is about so much more than simply scoring goals.

He helps others into the game, runs himself into the ground and his uncompromising frame makes him useful defensively.

His little quip at Rangers will bring a smile to the face of Celtic fans but had they signed him, he could have quickly had supporters dancing on the streets of Glasgow.

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