Celtic have been linked with a move for Aberdeen midfielder Connor Barron this summer — reports claiming the Hoops are high on the 19-year-old’s potential.
Connor spent the first half of last season on loan to Kelly Hearts before returning to Pittodrie in January. Since then, the defensive midfielder has made 15 appearances for the Dons.
Former Aberdeen man Duncan Shearer believes Connor should shun any approach by Celtic and continue his career under Jim Goodwin.
Shearer told the Press and Journal:
“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.”
There’s no doubt Connor will get more first team opportunities at Aberdeen. Players his age with potential have to weigh up the good and the bad of a move to a club like Celtic. You can easily get lost in the shuffle, however, if you believe in your own ability and show it on the training ground you could be propelled onto another level.
Connor is 20 at the end of August and has his whole career ahead of him. Celtic are building for now as well as the future — would it be the best idea to pluck a young player from Aberdeen at this juncture when we’re building a team to compete in Europe — we’re not so sure.
The club have yet to make a signing yet since the end of last season. The transfer window opens on Friday so we might get some movement beyond that date.