Brentford forward Ivan Toney has revealed he was set to sign for Celtic last summer.
The 25-year-old joined the Peterborough United league team after scoring 40 Ligue 1 goals in 76 appearances in two seasons.
Toney has since taken over in England’s second tier, scoring 29 goals in 40 appearances for the London side as they strive to earn promotion into the top flight.
He could have scored those goals for Celtic, but the Scottish Premiership giants weren’t particularly fond of him despite showing him around their training facility.
“I was actually really close – I went up there and talked to everyone,” Toney told talkSPORT (via The Scottish Sun)
“I was actually on the training ground and looking around and stuff, so I got to these steps.
“But I just don’t think they were too keen on signing me. I guess it’s their lack now.
Celtic will go into the campaign without a trophy, having been beaten to the Scottish Premiership title by Rangers and kicked out of the Scottish Cup by their bitter rivals.
Things could have been different with a forward like Toney leading their line, and the Hoops will surely regret such a big failure.
The Brentford star has since drawn interest from Leeds United, West Ham United and Arsenal due to his form and is now valued at around £ 30million.
He hopes to play in the Premier League next season which will most likely happen with or without Brentford.
Celtic will be looking to make quality additions to their squad this summer to challenge the Rangers next season, and they will likely need a new striker with Odsonne Edouard due to leave.
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