Celtic news round-up: Toney and Barkas latest


Celtic had a fantastic end to the season. In fact, it couldn't have gone much better.

They were crowned champions for a ninth successive season a few weeks ago despite not playing since March.

It's been a rather unprecedented era for obvious reasons, but the Hoops are also achieving something rather unprecedented things too.

If they manage to secure a tenth crown in a row next term then it would break the record previously set.

Providing they do so, it would cap an extraordinary period in Scottish football, one dominated entirely by the Bhoys. Though what crop of players will they achieve that with?

It remains to be seen whether the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer stay at the club but there are also question marks surrounding Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi too.

They're all players that Neil Lennon will want to keep but he'll have to be actively busy in the market to ensure Rangers don't bridge the gap at the top.

However, he and Nick Hammond may have suffered some rather meaty blows in their bid to do so on Tuesday.

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Here's the latest Celtic news round-up...

Toney saga takes another twist

Celtic's pursuit has weaved one way and the other in recent weeks but they were dealt another blow on Tuesday.

Previously, it had been thought that Lennon's men could prise him away from Peterborough for a fee of just £5m but that doesn't look likely anymore.

New York Red Bulls had a bid of £4m rejected for the player's services with fresh claims suggesting Posh want £10m if they're going to sell.

Toney has made it clear he wants a switch this summer while Darren Ferguson has admitted it's likely they'll have to make sure the player leaves when the market opens.

Though, if Celtic do want to lure him to Parkhead, they'll have to pay £5m more than they were hoping to land him for.

This should come as a blow to teams who were hoping to secure a bargain this summer. For someone who's scored 26 goals this season, £5m would have been a snip but that's now reportedly off the cards.


More teams interested in Toney

As if that wasn't enough, there also now appears to be interest from Leeds United in the forward.

The 24-year-old has been attracting Rangers and West Brom, with the latter thought to be in pole position.

However, there are fresh contenders and ones that Celtic could struggle to fend off if they get to the Premier League.

Speaking to the Peterborough Telegraph, former Leeds boss Steve Evans was speaking about the attacker, suggesting he could lead the line for a Premier League club, rather than somewhere like Scotland.

He said: “I was confident he would become a star and I can honestly see him leading the line at a Premier League club or at the biggest Championship club, Leeds United right now.”

If Toney hears that kind of praise, it could well turn heads and spark other ideas.

Where he ends up remains to be seen but it's a saga worth monitoring.

Barkas blow 

We told you today wasn't a good day to be a Celtic fan and that's continued with a further transfer target.

Last week, Sdna suggested the Hoops were trying to sign AEK Athens goalkeeper Vasilias Barkas.

The ten-cap stopper is a mighty 6 foot 5 but after earning a name for himself in Greece, could be on the move.

Unfortunately for the Bhoys, he could well have a better suitor elsewhere.


Live Sport (via Sport Witness) suggest that Celtic are now facing competition for Barkas' signature and that it comes from a team playing in a better division.

The club, at present, is unnamed, but if they are indeed playing in a more reputable league, it can't be good news for Lennon or Hammond.

Montpellier and Basel had also been interested in the 26-year-old.

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