Paul Robinson has claimed Celtic will be “massively regretting” not signing Ivan Toney from Peterborough last summer.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 25-year-old “would’ve scored a bagful in Scotland” and suggested he could have returned the club a “huge profit”.
The Hoops were interested in signing Ivan Toney last year, as confirmed by Peterborough director of football Barry Fry, but opted to sign Albian Ajeti from West Ham instead.
Fry told Football FanCast last week that Toney, who was eventually sold to Brentford for a fee of £5million in September, would have scored “40 to 50 goals” if he joined Celtic.
The former Newcastle United striker has scored 28 goals in 36 Championship appearances for Brentford this term.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Fry’s comments, Robinson said:
“Celtic will be massively regretting not signing Ivan Toney, anybody would given the goals he has scored for Brentford this season.
“I think he would’ve scored a bagful in Scotland. He is the type of striker that I think would have excelled at Celtic.
“No disrespect to Brentford but I think he will move onto bigger and better things this summer.
“Celtic are normally very clever scouting gems. They seem to unearth these great players and then sell them on for a huge profit. Their scouting network has been brilliant for a number of years but they missed a trick with Toney.”
Football Insider understands Brentford now value Toney as highly as their former striker Ollie Watkins.
Watkins was sold to Aston Villa for an initial fee of £28million but that fee could rise to £33million with add-ons.