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Exclusive: Rangers in driving seat to sign 26-goal striker, Whelan: ‘Newcastle saw something’


Peterborough United goal machine Ivan Toney has been tipped to light up the SPL if he secures a blockbuster summer move to Rangers or Celtic.

That’s according to ex-Aberdeen forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the in-demand 24-year-old.

Peterborough director of football Barry Fry told the Daily Mail (print edition, p.79, June 9) that he has been informed by agents of interest in Toney from both of the Glasgow giants.

Football Insider understands that is the Gers and West Brom who are leading the chase for the former Newcastle United front man.

Toney scored 26 goals in 49 appearances before the League One season was curtailed, with 24 of those strikes coming into league matches.

When asked by Football Insider if the Englishman could make the step up to the Scottish Premiership, Whelan said: “The big difference is going to one of the top two sides.

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“He will get more chances, that goes without saying. Celtic and Rangers possess a lot of quality players and they are a lot better than the rest of the Scottish Premiership.

“He knows where the goal is – he is a goalscorer. Newcastle would not have bought him unless he had some sort of quality, they saw something, but it just did not work out for him at Newcastle.”

“But are either willing to pay £15million? I would suspect that they are only going to be able to put forward that kind of money on the back of Morelos or Edouard leaving.”

In typically colourful language, Fry told the Daily Mail: “I’ve had agents on telling me that Rangers and Celtic are very interested.

“If they have any sense, they’ll pay us £15million to get him. If they haven’t any sense at all, then I won’t be hearing from them.”

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that club have made a decision on signing a new full-back.