As reports emerge claiming Celtic are stealing a march on Rangers for the signing of Ivan Toney [Glasgow Times], Peterborough stand firm on the £10m+ valuation of their prized asset.

Celtic have reportedly had a paltry £4m bid plus add-ons thrown out by the Posh, with their chairman Darragh MacAnthony telling a fan to “behave” when asked if he’d accept it.

Brentford are also reportedly interested in the striker who scored 24 goals in League One last year, with MacAnthony admitting they’ve had bids for the in-demand player from across the UK.

Subscribe to Rangers News TV now

The chairman also said that they’d rather keep the player than deal at the price Celtic are reportedly offering.

Peterborough have been very clear for months how much they want for the player.

 

“We’ve already said to clubs out there we want 10 plus two,” MacAnthony said [Sky Sports, via Bristol Live] in January.

Subscribe

“Ten million as a fee and £2m in add-ons, that’s the number that would turn our heads.”

But could the League One side’s stubbornness over any deal concern a sell-on clause inserted into the player’s contract by Newcastle United?

Peterborough v Dover - FA Cup Second Round

Ivan Toney is hot propoerty with Peterborough reportedly rejecting bids from across the country for the striker. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Toney, 24, joined Peterborough from Newcastle United in 2018 after the Magpies paid a reported £500k to take him from Northampton town in 2015.

After a raft of loans away from St. James Park Toney would eventually sign for the Posh for a similar fee, according to the Mag.

Back in October last year MacAnthony admitted to a supporter that Newcastle United have a “hefty” sell-on clause inserted into the striker’s contract.

This means that for any deal to be worth Peterborough’s while, it needs to be north of £10m+ such is the slice Newcastle shall take from their profits.

Rangers are unlikely to be able to afford such a fee unless they reinvest a substantial amount of any fee gained by the reported £18m Lille interest in star striker Alfredo Morelos.

Have something to tell us about this article?