Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers and Neil Lennon’s Celtic have been linked with Ivan Toney, and now it seems like the Ibrox side and their Parkhead rivals have been given the green light to make a move.
The 24-year-old has been superb for Peterborough United this season, scoring 26 goals in just 39 appearances in all competitions, with the English League One campaign being cut short in March.
Celtic were linked with Toney back in January, while in June, Posh sporting director Barry Fry claimed he’d heard Rangers were also keen on the forward (Daily Mail via Scottish Sun).
Peterborough Today reiterated late last month that the two Glasgow sides are monitoring the League One Golden Boot winner, but RB Leipzig are also believed to have made enquiries.
Fry has now told the regional outlet that Toney requested to leave Peterborough in the last transfer window and, despite not being granted his wish, continued to give his all in training and on the pitch.
“Ivan wanted to leave once he became aware of interest from higher-level clubs,” he said. “He asked me if he could leave, he asked the chairman and he asked the manager. His agents were pushing as well.
“And fair play to the club owners as they turned down Ivan’s request because they did not want to short-change the fans as letting him go would have meant giving up on promotion.
“And fair play to Ivan as well because although he must have been disappointed he still turned up for training every day with a smile on his face and he gave everything he had for the club in training and in matches.
“His attitude before, during and after the transfer window never changed. He is a very professional young man and he thoroughly deserves a big move. We promised him we would let him go if we didn’t reach the Championship and we will stick to our word.
“Our stance might backfire on us a little with the fee we receive, but we remain confident it won’t.”
Fair play to Peterborough for having turned a little-known £350,000 striker into one of the hottest properties in the country, linked with a Bundesliga title challenger, and for whom a £4million offer from another Red Bull club – New York – was seemingly not enough.
With the future of both Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos and Celtic counterpart Odsonne Edouard unclear, both sides could well be eyeing other strikers, and Toney, with his exceptional movement, pace, physicality and of course an eye for goal, would be a superb shout.