By Alan Hutton

15th Jun, 2022 | 11:16am

Expert suggests Celtic signing Connor Barron on buy-to-loan deal

Alan Hutton has suggested Celtic could agree to loan Connor Barron back to Aberdeen to get a transfer deal over the line.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 19-year-old may want reassurances over game time before green-lighting a move away from Pittodrie.

As reported by the Daily Record (9 June), Celtic have had scouts in attendance to watch Barron in action for Scotland’s under-21s with a view to a possible summer transfer.

Having seen Barron make his breakthrough for the Dons during the 2021/22 campaign, Hutton admitted a move to Celtic would be a “gamble” for both player and club.

However, he suggested the Bhoys could send the teenager on loan to continue his development.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think it’s a gamble for both sides. From Celtic’s point of view, they’re buying potential.

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“That was his first season in the league, in a team, by the way, in Aberdeen that were struggling. To play well in a struggling team shows you his mentality. That is obviously a good thing.

“But at 19, you can go to a bigger team and get lost. Is he going to be a regular starter for Celtic next season? Probably not. It can be difficult as a young player to deal with that, especially when you’ve been a regular.

“Whether there’s some sort of deal there where you buy him and loan him back, or he goes and gets games somewhere, could be ideal for both parties. It’s really down to the player.

“You understand the draw of a big team like Celtic. Just like somebody’s interested down south, you want to go and play at the highest level possible. That’s one thing that he’s probably got to look at.

“He’s going to have to decide is he happy where he is playing week in, week out? Or is he happy moving to a big club and playing once a month?”

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