Connor Barron was left inspired by Celtic legend in training
Reported Celtic target Connor Barron has already spoken of the “massive benefit” Scott Brown has had on his career so far.
The Scottish Daily Express has today reported that Aberdeen midfielder Barron was watched by Parkhead scouts after Ange Postecoglou and his scouting team were left impressed over the course of the season.
Barron has made 29 appearances after coming through the Dons academy and making his first-team debut in January [Transfermarkt]. Brown, meanwhile, was a regular throughout the season for Aberdeen before the arrival of Jim Goodwin. The Celtic legend is the new manager at Fleetwood Town after announcing his retirement as a player at the end of the season.
And speaking back in January, Barron opened up on the role Brown had been playing in his development in the Granite City. As quoted by the Scotsman, the Dons midfielder said: “Talking about inspiration, we have Scott Brown and Fergie in the middle of the park. There are a lot of big names to take advice off and learn from. I am enjoying every minute of being involved.
“Just little bits here and there in training [on what Brown had been saying to him]. When he feels I need to do something better he will give me a little tip or two. He has been great.
“He sets demands on the whole team but that is just the type of person he is. It has had a massive benefit and long may it continue.”
Connor Barron took plenty of inspiration from Celtic legend
Barron has had a fine breakthrough campaign up at Pittodrie. The Scotland under-21 international was hugely impressive in this afternoon’s 0-0 draw against Belgium too.
Full of energy and drive, Barron has the kind of forward-thinking Celtic fans love to see from their midfielders. At only 19 years of age, his technique looks extremely efficient, and you can see why he’s being followed by Ange and the Celtic recruitment staff.
Of course, Celtic will have to splash out to get a deal like this done. Aberdeen aren’t going to roll over and give us their best young talent for next to nothing. Those days are over.
Whether he could make an instant impact in the Celtic midfield is another question that needs to be answered. We have a lot of international talent competing with each other for a spot next term. Even if we’re looking to add to the position this summer, we want a player who can come in and make an impact now.
That will be down to Ange. Many will have doubted the signing of David Turnbull back in the summer of 2020. Barron looks to have a similar level of potential. Granted, having only played 19 games with Aberdeen, you could say there’s scope for him to bolster his figures a touch more before he departs.
Jim Goodwin has already stated that he’ll play a massive role in the Granite City next season [Press and Journal]. But time will tell whether Celtic decide to take this any further.