The manager is confident his precious asset won’t sign for Celtic

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Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin is confident Connor Barron will remain in Pittodrie despite interest from Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, speaking to the press and magazine.

Well, it’s dangerous to read too much into things like this. But surely the Dons wouldn’t present their academy graduate with a shiny new shirt number if they thought he was headed for Glasgow, would they?

Barron, nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award after a great breakthrough season at Aberdeen, will wear the number eight next season.

And while talks are afoot over a new and improved contract, Goodwin is not losing any sleep despite Celtic’s interest in the tenacious Scotland Under-21 international.

Will Celtic target Connor Barron stay in Aberdeen?

“Negotiations are ongoing. We’re pretty safe with that at the moment as Connor has a few years left (on his deal),” says the former St. Mirren boss.

“Both Connor and his family recognize the opportunity here in Aberdeen. In my experience, such negotiations with young players who have gone through the academy are never too difficult.

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“It should go pretty smoothly if everyone is sensible about the negotiation process. Connor deserves to be financially rewarded for his good work over the past year. And the club is only doing what any other club would do to protect its assets.

“It should be a win for everyone.”

Aberdeen doesn’t appear to be under any immediate pressure to concede Barron either. Especially after another local teenager – Calvin Ramsay – joined six-time European champions Liverpool in June for an initial £4million.

Celtic and Aberdeen of course, to have I did some business this summer.

Liam Scales joined North on a season’s loan after struggling to carve his way into Ange Postecoglou’s starting XI. Scales has fallen even further down Celtic’s pecking order following the arrival of Alexandro Bernabei.

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