Celtic’s scouts were at the Scotland-Belgium Under 21 game the other night and the consensus is that they were there to watch Connor Barron of Aberdeen. This is probably the case.
That they were there watching someone is not in the least doubt; the only dispute is about the player. I think the stories about Barron are accurate.
Connor Barron is a comer.
He hasn’t played enough games for Aberdeen to justify a huge fee, but he definitely has talent. He has been capped at every level for Scotland short of the first team and even with the midfield being the strongest area of the national team he will almost certainly be capped for the national team if he continues his progress next year.
He has spent two spells on loan, and clearly made enough of an impact at both clubs.
His development trend is clearly upwards. Although only a prospect at the moment, he ticks the right boxes for us and it makes perfect sense that we’re scouting him.
Celtic has always had a good core of young players in the first team squad.
That has to continue.
It is important for the club’s identity and vital for European registrations. The kid isn’t going to be a first team player or anything, not right away or for a while, but I would completely understand if we made them an offer for him.
We have done well out of young Scottish talent over the years, and Ange has spoken at length about how he has no concerns about shopping locally … he has proved that buying in a market he’s worked in is smart strategy; his judgement can certainly be trusted on this and if we do make a bid for Barron it will be because that’s what Ange wants.