Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin confident of new Connor Barron contract amidst Celtic speculation
Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin has hinted that he is confident that Dons youngster Connor Barron will sign fresh terms at Pittodrie.
The 19-year-old had a breakout campaign in 2022, coming into the side during the second half of the season after a short loan spell at Kelty Hearts.
His performances in the Scottish Premiership have reportedly impressed Ange Postecoglou and his Celtic staff.
The Hoops sent a scout to watch the young midfielder in action earlier this month when Barron featured in Scotland under-21s 0-0 draw against Belgium [Scottish Daily Express].
His performances haven’t only attracted the interest of the Scottish Champions either, with clubs from Belgium and Italy keeping a watchful eye over the teenager.
The midfielder’s future at Aberdeen is currently secure, having signed a new deal with the Dons earlier this year that will see Barron contracted until 2024.
However, due to the interest the youngster is attracting, Jim Goodwin and Aberdeen CEO Dave Cormack have moved quickly to try and agree another set of new terms with Barron.
The Dons boss provided his latest update on the academy players’ contract talks and suggested that he is confident that Barron will commit his future to Pittodrie.
He said [Press and Journal]: “Negotiations are ongoing. We are in quite a safe place at the moment with that one, as Connor has a couple of years left.
“Both Connor and his family realise the opportunity that has been given here at Aberdeen.
“In my experience, those kind of negotiations with young players that have come through the academy, they are never too difficult.
“It should be done pretty smoothly if everybody is sensible about the negotiation process.”
Move for Barron seems unlikely this summer.
A move from Ange Postecoglou’s side to sign Barron certainly seems unlikely at this stage.
However, that may not have been the Celtic manager’s plan when it comes to the Hoops’ interest in the talented midfielder.
Although he showed promise during his first six months as a first-team regular at Aberdeen, Barron will certainly need to show that on a more consistent level if Celtic are to make their move.
Next summer could be a good time for the Bhoys to reassess after an entire season of Scottish Premiership football and potentially come in for the midfielder.