Celtic have been tipped to step up their pursuit of Ivan Toney if Odsonne Eduoard quits in a mega-money move.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, ex-Kilmarnock defender Alex Bruce claims Toney could “fit the bill” if Eduoard leaves the Scottish giants.
Peterborough United have slapped a £9m asking price on their prolific spearhead after, as revealed by Football Insider, Celtic opened the bidding with a £2.5-£3m offer.
The 24-year-old has his eyes set on a Premier League move after his two goal-drenched campaigns in League One.
Celtic are adamant that they will hold onto Edouard who has two years left on his contract after joining from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2018.
Football Insider exclusively revealed in July that the club will not accept anything less than £40m for the 22-year-old who they see as vital in their pursuit of a tenth consecutive title.
Asked by Football Insider whether he expects Celtic to continue their pursuit of Toney, Bruce said: “If anything happens to Edouard they might want somebody similar to come in and carry the baton.
“If he leaves, Edouard, and moves on or gets an injury or whatever then they’ll want somebody in reserve to carry the can.
“With the way Ivan’s played for Peterborough the past couple of season he might be the one to fit the bill.”
Former Newcastle forward Toney has scored 49 goals in 94 games for Peterborough since joining in the summer of 2018.
Before his permanent switch to London Road, he enjoyed loan spells at Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Wigan.
Edouard has now made 128 appearances for Celtic in all competitions, scoring 65 goals.
That includes a hat-trick in the Bhoys’ 5-1 opening day victory over Hamilton.