By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

8th Aug, 2020 | 10:00am

Barry Fry is wrong - Exclusive: Celtic backed to sign Toney by top pundit

Alex Bruce believes a potential Celtic swoop for Peterborough striker Ivan Toney will depend on the situation surrounding Odsonne Edouard’s future. 

The former Premier League defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, was adamant that if the Hoops want the Posh forward they will “go out and get him.”

Speaking to the Scottish Daily Mail, Peterborough Director of Football Barry Fry warned Celtic they are “running out of time” in their pursuit of the 24-year-old.

But Bruce believes the Glasgow giants will not be struggling to meet Peterborough’s demands and that deal rests on whether Celtic actually want him or not.

“I don’t think they’ll be struggling to meet Peterborough’s demands,” Bruce told Football Insider. 

“I think if Celtic wanted to buy Ivan Toney and if the price is right they’ll go out and get him.

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“I don’t think it would be stupid money to prise him away from Peterborough, I think maybe a couple of million quid shouldn’t break the bank for Celtic, that’s for sure.

“We’ll just have to watch this space on whether they want him or not. I think it will all depend on Edouard I have to be honest.”

The striker scored 26 goals in 39 appearances for The Posh last season as they narrowly missed out on the League One play-offs and he is attracting interest from a host of clubs.

When asked about Toney’s future, Fry told the Scottish Daily Mail: “They are running out of time now. The lad is very close to signing for someone else in the next couple of days.

“Celtic would have been his preferred choice, but they are nowhere near it. I heard from Ivan’s agent to say Celtic were coming back… but I haven’t heard anything.”

In other news, McAvennie claims it’s “stupid money” amid big development in Celtic bid to sign Toney.