By Alex McLeish

18th Jun, 2022 | 10:00am

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Alex McLeish has urged Connor Barron to snub a potential move to Celtic and remain at Aberdeen this summer.

The former Dons defender and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted remaining at Pittodrie would be a “brilliant education” for the 19-year-old.

As reported by the Daily Record (9 June), Celtic scouts have watched Barron playing for Scotland’s under-21s in recent weeks as the Hoops plot a summer move.

The Bhoys reportedly face competition from Belgian side KRC Genk.

McLeish suggested Barron would learn more playing in Aberdeen’s side than he would moving to Celtic.

He compared the teenager’s situation to that of Billy Gilmour when the Chelsea midfielder joined Norwich City on loan.

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Asked if Barron would be better staying at Aberdeen or moving to Celtic, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Tough question. It would be good for him to get the guidance at Aberdeen.

“Aberdeen, let’s be honest, are not at the level that Celtic are. But if I can reverse it and make a similarity with Billy Gilmour at Chelsea. When Billy went to Norwich, he had to do a lot of running back and forward that he didn’t really do have to do at Chelsea because they’re massively influential in ball retention.

“Therefore, you see some games where he had to run back and people were running off him. He’s still learning a lot in the game.

“This Connor Barron, I think he should learn the basics and stay at Aberdeen, fighting for every point. You’re not playing in a free-flowing, passing team. I think it’s a brilliant education.”

Barron has played 15 times for Aberdeen’s senior side to date.

He has also spent time on loan at Brechin City and Kelty Hearts.

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