Ivan Toney has suggested that Rangers owe him a debt of gratitude over their Scottish Premiership title win this season.
Toney, 25, was hot property last summer after scoring 24 goals in 32 League One appearances for Peterborough United in the 2019/20 campaign, and he was linked to both Old Firm clubs [Scottish Sun], though it was to Celtic that talks progressed to an advanced stage.
He eventually moved to Championship play-off final losers Brentford and he has stepped up the divisions with consummate ease to soar to the top of the scorers charts with 28 goals so far.
Peterborough director of football Barry Fry recently told FootballFanCast: “Toney would have got 40/50 goals playing in Scotland, no disrespect to Scottish Football. He would have been a sensation because Toney doesn’t only score goals, he makes goals.”
He said: “It would have been different, is all I’ll say…” while he also claimed the deal to Celtic was ‘close’ to happening.
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Would Toney really have made up the 20-point gap that currently separates us from our Old Firm rivals?
He would certainly have offered them a different dimension and they may have picked up a few more points but we don’t think he would have had an immeasurable impact.
Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard is the Premiership’s top scorer with 16 so it’s not as if they have been completely failing to fire in front of goal, particularly with Mohamed Elyounoussi  and David Turnbull  also chipping in with their fair share of goals.
Eduoard and Alfredo Morelos have been two of, if not the, top marksmen in Scotland over the last few years and both players would certainly be confident of matching Toney’s feats in England’s second-tier.
The Light Blues top the goals for column this season with 78 but Celtic’s haul of 66 is still substantially ahead of third-placed Hibernian’s 44.
Instead it has been in defence that has proved to be the biggest difference.
Our defence has been breached just 10 times in the league while Celtic  have conceded more than double the amount and have only shipped seven less than fourth-placed Aberdeen who have only won once in their last 10 games.
It was the signing of error-prone defender Shane Duffy that has proved to be one of their biggest downfalls, not the failure to sign Toney.
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