Exclusive: Kevin Phillips tips 26-goal striker to sign for Celtic after director claim
Kevin Phillips has tipped Ivan Toney to choose Celtic over Brentford this summer if the Hoops make a concrete offer for the Peterborough United striker.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the promise of Champions League football would be very difficult to turn down for the 24-year-old.
Peterborough’s Director of Football, Barry Fry, last week warned Neil Lennon that the Bhoys were “running out of time” to sign their sought-after striker.
Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford and Nottingham Forest have been linked with a move for the former Newcastle United forward this summer.
Toney scored 26 goals in 39 appearances for The Posh last season as they narrowly missed out on the League One play-offs.
When asked by Football Insider if a move to Parkhead would prove a more tempting offer than Griffin Park, Phillips said:
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“I have always been an advocate of trying to stay in the Championship or Premier League.
“But if it was a choice between Brentford and Celtic and you have a chance to play in the Champions League and a chance to be part of a squad that could make history – I would opt to go to Celtic.
“To play in front of those supporters, we have all heard it and seen it, it would be awesome. To have this chance at this stage in his career, to play in the Champions League, wow. Not many player get the opportunity to do that so I would have to opt for Celtic.”
The Hoops drew Reykjavik in the first qualifying round of the Champions League with the one-off knockout game to be played in just over a week’s time.
Lennon is evidently on the hunt for a striker this summer with free agent Steven Fletcher and West Ham’s Albian Ajeti also under consideration.