CELTIC have dropped their interest in £11million-rated Peterborough striker Ivan Toney.

The Hoops are not prepared to get involved in a bidding war for the 24-goal hitman who completed the season as League One’s top scorer.

New coach Gavin Strachan, the former assistant manager at Posh, had highly recommended Toney to Neil Lennon.

However, the Irishman has been informed the attacker’s prolific campaign has attracted interest from elsewhere and reports indicate at least one club – thought to be Premier League promotion hopefuls Brentford – are willing to splash the cash for the ex-Newcastle forward.

Club chief Barry Fry, speaking to the Daily Mail, admitted: “We have given a club permission to speak to Ivan because they met our valuation.

“It’s not Celtic, but, out of courtesy, I let Celtic know what had happened.

“They asked to be kept informed and we informed them. I haven’t heard from them since then.”

Lennon, however, is still on the hunt for a new frontman and West Ham’s £8million hitman Albian Ajeti is among the list of targets, as CQN reported.

The 23-year-old Switzerland international has failed to impressive Hammers gaffer Davie Moyes since his arrival from Basel.

Ajeti is a former team-mate of Celtic’s Mohamed Elyounoussi from his time at the Swiss club.

And Lennon is now weighing up a loan move for the attacker, who scored 43 goals in 96 games for the Swiss top-flight outfit.

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