Striker Rangers reportedly tracked in summer tearing up the Championship at Brentford
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Striker Rangers reportedly tracked in summer tearing up the Championship at Brentford

Ivan Toney, who was linked with both Rangers and Celtic before joining Brentford in the summer transfer window, scored his 23rd goal of the season on Wednesday night.

In July, the Glasgow Times reported that the Gers were interested in the then Peterborough United striker, although it was suggested that Alfredo Morelos would need to be sold before they could make a move.

Toney was the standout player in EFL League One last season. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

The same report claimed that Celtic had submitted an offer of £4m plus £2m in add-ons for Toney.

The 24-year-old wouldn’t end up in Glasgow, though, with ambitious Championship side Brentford instead winning the race for his signature with an initial fee of £5m which could eventually rise to £10m in add-ons [Sky Sports].

It was a lot of money to spend on a player who had only scored prolifically in the third tier of English football, but he’s proving to be well worth the investment.

After taking a couple of matches to settle in, Toney has been prolific for the Bees and he produced the latest of many outstanding performances against Reading on Wednesday night.

The striker assisted two goals and scored another as Thomas Frank’s side came from behind to win 3-1 at the Madejski Stadium.

The contributions improved his already stunning stats further still, with the forward now on 23 goals and nine assists for the season.

Formerly Rangers linked Toney has proved his eye for goal since joining Brentford. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Remarkably, he has six more goals than any other player in the Championship and is also now top of the assists chart.

Rangers did well to hold onto Morelos in the summer and recruited shrewdly, bringing in both Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten.

Yet, Toney only has five fewer goals in the league than the three Gers strikers combined in all competitions and is surely likely to earn a second big move of his career, for a much higher transfer fee, come the summer.

Another striker Rangers were linked with last summer is having a much less successful time following a £23.5m move to a Premier League team.

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