Noel Whelan has backed Ivan Toney to sign for either Celtic or Rangers this summer – but only if Odsonne Edouard or Alfredo Morelos are sold on.
The Peterborough United striker bagged 26 goals this season and unsurprisingly, is now attracting the attention of some quite reputable teams.
The Scottish Sun have reported that Celtic and Rangers are among those who are interested, while a number of other clubs in the Championship are also said to be keen on the £15million-rated frontman
Having joined Newcastle United as a 19-year-old it was always clear that there was a top level talent there, and according to Noel Whelan, he believes the striker would truly show his potential if he was challenging for honours at the top of the Scottish game.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said: “The big difference is going to one of the top two sides.
“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.”
GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…
There’s no doubt that Ivan Toney is capable of playing at a higher level.
Having dominated League One this term, the former Newcastle United man is appears to be more than ready to step up.
Whether he’s ready for a move to the Premier League is up for debate, but Toney could certainly do a job for a promotion-chasing Championship club, or a top of the table Scottish side like Celtic or Rangers.
The only stumbling block is that £15million price tag which may well prove to be troublesome.
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