Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has warned Celtic not to ‘insult him’ with lowball offers for star striker Ivan Toney.
The frontman was the subject of a rejected £5million offer from the Hoops over the last couple of days and the Hoops could return with another bid to try take to Glasgow.
Neil Lennon’s side are on the lookout for a new striker and also have a bid on the table for West Ham’s Albian Ajeti.
Posh chief Barry Fry has already fired a warning towards Celtic that they would need to drastically up their pricetag and now MacAnthony has also given his views on bids being made.
Toney also has an offer from Brentford – who are chasing English Premier League promotion through the playoffs – but MacAnthony insists he’s going nowhere until a suitable offer has made.
And he’s urged any interested clubs not to ‘take the mickey’ because he won’t entertain Peterborough being taken for a ride.
He told the Hard Truth podcast : “We have a player everyone in the country wants. Where he will go I have no idea, but in time he’ll probably become a multi-millionaire.
“We have big clubs in the Premier League and the Championship after him and we have some up and coming clubs in the mix as well.
“Some of the figures I’m reading in the press though are insulting. I don’t know where those figures come from. They are nonsense. Journalists maybe, agents possibly or maybe clubs who are trying to buy Ivan leak it out themselves.
“I would ask that no-one tries to take the mickey out of us. You have to know who you are dealing with. This is not my first rodeo. I know how to operate.
“I am transparent in my negotiations. We have a fee in mind for Ivan and when a club reaches that number they can talk to him.
“And I won’t renege on a deal. If someone offers more than a fee I’d already agreed with a different club I would accept that offer also, but let the player decide where he wants to go.
“We agreed a fee for a player a couple of seasons ago, but the selling club pulled out of the deal because they received a bigger offer from a different club. That’s wrong and I’d never pull out of a deal like that.
“It’s difficult to get the fee you want when there’s only one club interested, but it becomes a lot easier when there are multiple clubs after him.
“Good strikers are like dinosaurs. They are an endangered species.”
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