Report: Genk joined Celtic on midfielder scouting mission

By Lewis Laird

June 10, 2022

Late last week, reports stated that Celtic were keeping a close eye on young Aberdeen midfielder Connor Barron.

The Hoops were said to have sent a scout to watch Barron in action for Scotland under-21s as he started in the 0-0 draw against Belgium.

Ange Postecoglou and his backroom staff had been left impressed with the 19-year-old’s recent performances for Aberdeen after breaking into the side during the second half of the campaign.

However, it appears that Celtic aren’t the only side keeping tabs on Barron.

According to the Daily Record, Belgian league side Genk were also present at the 0-0 draw and are now monitoring the Aberdeen youngster after his performance last Sunday.

After only recently signing a new deal at Pittodrie, which will keep him with the Dons until 2024, it could take a large fee to prize Barron away from his current club.

But, interest across Europe appears to be growing with the midfielder impressing on his international outings with Scott Gemmill’s U21s side.

Barron is expected to be in action once again later this afternoon as Scotland rounds off their qualifying campaign against Denmark.

So, sides including both Celtic and Genk will have another opportunity to keep a watchful eye over the Aberdeen midfielder.

Barron one of many options Postecoglou is watching this summer

Celtic may be keeping a watchful eye over Barron this summer, but that doesn’t mean Ange will be looking to add him to his squad immediately this summer.

As Aberdeen prepare to undergo a rebuild of their own, it feels unlikely at the moment that Barron will exit.

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That all could change should they receive a great offer that will help fund the arrival of several new players, but it seems like a pretty solid situation at the moment with manager Jim Goodwin a big fan of the youngster.

Barron may be a player that the club moves for in the future. But, for now, Ange Postecoglou will very much be keeping a focus on players who can immediately improve the first-team group.

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