Toshney: Bomber won’t settle for anything less than being best

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John Brown won’t settle for second best so says former Dundee defender Lewis Toshney.

And that’s why the Celtic youngster is adamant the Dark Blues will bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

Toshney made 26 appearances for his hometown club last season, 12 under Bomber, while on loan from Celtic.

But with Dundee dropping a level, and his parent club taking up a one-year option on his deal at Parkhead, Toshney saw his hopes of staying at Dens fade.

Despite not being around to help the promotion push, Toshney admits he’s confident his former team-mates can get Dundee back where they belong.

“Bomber is a winner,” said the Scotland U/21 international. “He is not the type of man to accept second best.

“He will want to win the division and I think Dundee have everything in their armoury to go out and do that. I think they’ll be back in the SPL before too long.

“He was a fantastic manager to work under he came in and instilled everyone with belief. That’s invaluable as a player. He expects 100% from you in every aspect.”

On Dundee’s summer to date, Toshney is of the belief Bomber has done some tremendous transfer market business. “They have brought the right type of player in,” said the 21-year-old.

“I played against Peter MacDonald last season, and although we won, I thought he was very lively. And I got to see exactly how good Willie Dyer is because he was training with us before the end of the season.

“And as far as Gavin Rae is concerned he’s a top professional.

“Anyone who watched Aberdeen in the SPL last season could see how big an asset he can be in the First Division for Dundee.”

He added: “Hanging on to players like Ryan Conroy and Nicky Riley has been massive for the club.

“And the experience of Kevin McBride in the middle of the park is big bonus.

“At the back, Kyle Benedictus and Declan Gallagher could end up being Dundee’s stand out performers.

“I thought they were both exceptional for us in very difficult circumstances last season.”

On a personal note, pre-season has not exactly gone to plan for the youngster.

A knee injury has ruled him out of the Hoops tour of Germany.

It came as a massive blow to Toshney who was looking to establish himself firmly in Neil Lennon’s plans.

But rather than be downbeat, the Dundonian is keen to get back fighting fit when Celtic start their Champions League campaign on July 17.

“My dream is to get in the Champions League squads,” said Toshney. “Fitness-wise I’d hope to be fit for the Cliftonville game later this month. It is a big year for me. I need to prove I am good enough to get in the team here. However, with the quality here, it is easier said than done.”

A Celtic fan, but of City of Discovery roots, the Dark Blues will always hold a special place in Toshney’s heart.

And he hasn’t ruled out a return at some point in the future.

He said: “I loved every minute of playing for Dundee Being from the city, I know exactly what it means to play at Dens.

“Who knows what will happen in the future. If Celtic let me go or loan me out, if Dundee wanted me, they’d be top of my list of places to sign.”