It is well documented by now that Celtic was close to signing former Peterborough striker Ivan Toney, even getting as far as having him in the building.
Ultimately though, the 25-year old striker ended up completing a move to English Championship side Brentford and is having a great season at the Bees.
As quoted by Glasgow Live in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, Toney has opened up about the failed move for the first time, even jokingly suggesting that this season could have been different if he had signed last summer.
“Yeah, that was close. I spoke to a few people there, and I spoke to the managers.
“We just couldn’t get a deal over the line.”
When asked about if Celtic’s chances of winning the league could have been different had he signing, he added: “It would have been different, that’s all I’ll say.”
The Ivan Toney conversation is one that has been discussed many times within the Celtic support.
Who knows how the season would have played out had we signed the Englishman, maybe it could have been different but in my opinion, I just couldn’t see that being the case.
For the majority of the season, this side has been terrible at times at providing the frontmen with chances. It seems to have got better towards the back end of the season, where now our problem is all about decision making. But in too many games this season, we didn’t create enough chances for whoever was upfront.
Signing Toney would have been a risk, just like any signing who rocks up in Glasgow is. That is the sort of market we shop in. Hindsight is a wonderful thing at the end of the day and signing a League 1 striker with one year left on his contract for big money might not have gone down too well with a lot of the support.
But, we will never know how that move may have worked out in the end.