Aberdeen great believes Connor Barron should be "flattered" with Celtic link

By David Walton

June 7, 2022

Aberdeen great Duncan Shearer believes midfielder Connor Barron should be “flattered” with his link to Celtic Park.

The Daily Express reported on Sunday that the Hoops had the player watched during Scotland U21s’ 0-0 draw in Belgium. It comes after an impressive breakthrough campaign for the midfielder after making his debut back in January.

It remains to be seen how solid the interest from Parkhead is as well as how much Aberdeen would want for their top talent.

Aug 1996: A portrait of Duncan Shearer of Aberdeen Football Club taken during the club photocall. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK

And Shearer has encouraged the player to ignore all speculation whilst saying he should feel pleased with the link to Ange’s title-winners.

As quoted by the Press and Journal, Shearer said: “Connor Barron should listen to the advice of those around him after being linked with a move to Celtic. The Aberdeen midfielder has put in some very good performances whenever I’ve watched him and he showed on Sunday with the Scotland under-21s in their goalless draw with Belgium how good a prospect he is.

“He should be flattered with the link to the Hoops – they are the Scottish champions after all – but my advice is to try to ignore if it he can. He cannot influence what happens here but he should listen to his agent, his manager and his team-mates around him at Pittodrie. It is very easy, especially for a teenager, to have their head turned when they are linked with a big move but Barron has only been in the Dons first team for a matter of months.

“He is clearly a part of Jim Goodwin’s plans at the club and my advice for what it is worth would be to stay focused on trying to gain as much experience as possible. If he continues to impress and realises the potential his manager sees in him then he has a bright future ahead of him. But what he needs now more than anything is matches and experience. He will get both with Aberdeen.”

Reported Celtic interest in Barron a surprising update

The reported interest in Barron from Celtic Park is certainly a surprise. Not because he isn’t good enough to potentially one day feature at Parkhead, but because he simply hasn’t had all that much in the way of experience.

Despite turning into a prominent figure at Aberdeen during the second half of the campaign, he still only has 29 minutes at senior level. He still has a long way to go before he’s truly battle-hardened.

But at the same time, now could be the time to strike for Celtic before the player’s stock gets any greater. We all know how much more difficult these deals can be if EPL sides start coming into the picture. As of yet, that doesn’t appear to have happened.

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One potential solution from a Celtic perspective could be to loan the player out to Aberdeen immediately after signing him. It would be a real surprise if he was to automatically come to Glasgow in the summer and start receiving first-team minutes.

There’s nothing wrong with signing up talent for the long-term, especially domestic players. But Celtic would need to have a plan in place to get the Aberdeen midfielder game-time as soon as next season.

As of yet, of course, no offer has reportedly been submitted. We still look some way away from Barron becoming a Celtic player.

In other news, Celtic pair set to clash on international duty live on BBC this week