Rangers and Celtic tipped to make transfer move for 'really talented' Aberdeen star this summer

An Aberdeen star has been touted for either Rangers or Celtic this summer.
An Aberdeen star has been touted for Rangers and Celtic.An Aberdeen star has been touted for Rangers and Celtic.
An Aberdeen star has been touted for Rangers and Celtic.

Rangers and Celtic have been told Connor Barron is an ideal way to make their Scottish quotas.

The midfielder is out of contract at Aberdeen this summer and is a prime candidate for a transfer move unless he signs a new deal. Both clubs have to hit a certain amount of Scottish players to fill out their European squads for next term's endeavours, with Rangers and Celtic hoping that is in the Champions League.

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Academy stars like Daniel Kelly and Bailey Rice can fill the void, but Rangers boss Philippe Clement has previously hinted the only other way is to buy talent. A dynamic, tireless box-to-box midfielder, Barron would add energy and work rate to the midfield. So far this season, the 21-year-old has featured in 22 Scottish Premiership games for the Dons, scoring a single goal and racking up a pair of assists along the way.

Speaking on Barron to the Go Radio Football Show, Falkirk captain Stephen McGinn believes Barron could be a problem solver for both. He said on the Aberdeen midfielder: "He’s [available on] a free transfer in the summer, a really talented player.

"I watched him last week for the [Scotland] Under-21s. I can’t see him getting into the Celtic or Rangers midfield at this time. The reason he would appeal to me if I was Celtic or Rangers is the quota for [him] being Scottish. He’s young, a very talented kid, he’s a free transfer, he ticks a lot of boxes, but I just couldn’t see him at this moment of time getting a game for Celtic or Rangers.

"You look at [Daniel] Kelly at Celtic, Bailey Rice at Rangers; the academy guys will probably feel that they’ve got someone like-for-like that they’d like to push from within their own academy."