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Reported Celtic transfer target steps up return to action

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Connor Barron has stepped up his comeback with Jim Goodwin hoping to have the midfielder back in contention for a first team place next month.

After playing for the Scotland u-21 side in June Barron was linked with a move to Celtic but suffered a knee injury in Aberdeen’s first pre-season friendly.

There was never any real follow up to Celtic’s reported interest with the experienced duo of Aaron Mooy and Oliver Abildgaard brought in during the course of the transfer window.

Covering his return to training, The Express reports Goodwin saying:

Connor is back running on the grass today for the first time and we would probably be looking at him doing somewhere in the region of two to three weeks as a mini pre-season, trying to build him up.

We would then look at, going into the second week of October, chucking him back into the first team and possibly being available for selection. You want to have all of your players available, and I’ve been quite fortunate with the squad that we’ve built that we haven’t missed him too much in terms of performances and the results that we’ve managed to pick up to date.

He had a terrific second-half of the season. I think he’d played one league game prior to me coming into the club in February and then he played every game for me thereafter. He’s still a very young man and plenty to do with his game in terms of his development, both physically and tactically as well, but he’s got huge potential hasĀ ConnorĀ and he’ll give me another good option in the middle of the park.

The rate that Ange Postecoglou is developing the Celtic side makes it look increasingly difficult to see any SPFL player making the transition to Celtic.

Greg Taylor and David Turnbull are important members of Postecoglou’s squad but with just 13 Premiership appearances to his name Barron has some way to go to reach the standards of the former Kilmarnock and Motherwell duo.

Barron is under contract to Aberdeen until May 2024.

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