CELTIC have failed in a £5million bid for Peterborough striker Ivan Toney.

Darragh McAnthony, the English League One side’s chairman, confirmed on Twitter the champions had made an offer for their top scorer.

The Posh supremo tweeted: “Look, we have had multiple bids for him from Prem/Champ & one from Scotland.

“As expected, I won’t go into who etc as that’s private.

“As of today he is still our player.”

It is believed the Hoops’ offer falls well short of the club’s valuation of the striker who netted 24 goals last season and cost a bargain £350,000 when he arrived from Newcastle two years ago.

Gavin Strachan, who quit as the English third-tier club’s assistant manager in the summer to succeed Damien Duff in the Hoops backroom team, had pinpointed the hitman as a target for the champions as they bid for the record-breaking 10 titles in a row.

It has also been reported Peterborough have knocked back offers around the £6.5million mark for the prolific attacker, according to the Daily Record.

Brentford, who are trailing Swansea 1-0 in their Premier League play-off semi-final first leg, have also been linked with Toney. They play the crucial return at home this evening.

If the team reach the money-spinning top flight they will be able to splash the cash for forward. The new English season is due to kick off in six weeks’ time and the transfer window will remain open until October 5.

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