Exclusive: Pundit reacts to key development in Rangers pursuit of Ivan Toney

Noel Whelan fears Ivan Toney may be too expensive for Rangers this summer as Peterborough United set their asking price for the sought-after striker.

However, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the 24-year-old would prove his worth as he would score goals in the Scottish Premiership.

Toney finished as League One’s top scorer with an impressive 26 goals in 39 appearances before England’s third division was curtailed earlier this month.

Football Insider revealed on Monday that Peterborough are hoping to sell their prize asset for £8million with the Gers, Celtic, West Brom and New York Red Bulls all interested in the Englishman.

Whelan claimed the price is reasonable for the goalscorer despite Toney playing in League One.

“It might be too much for Rangers but I do not think it would be a risk because he could easily make the step up to the Scottish Premiership,” he told Football Insider.

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“We are not talking about going to the Premier League. At the Old Firm clubs you are going to score goals because you are going to get chances.

“It might be too steep for them with him being a League One player but when you look at the going rate for goalscorer it is not terrible. You are not breaking the bank.

“They can structure the payments over three to four years.

“He is a goalscorer and you have got to pay money for a goalscorer.”

In other Rangers news, Frank McAvennie has told Football Insider he doubts Gers can afford 24-goal/assist ace this summer.

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