The Aberdeen FC rules for Rangers in Connor Barron transfer fight as 'payback' plan B mapped out

Rangers have signed Connor Barron on a four year contract.
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Bullish Willie Miller has urged Aberdeen to push Rangers for a bumper compensation fee after snapping up Connor Barron - after the Dons didn't get "much first-team payback" from the academy graduate.

Philippe Clement snapped up the Scotland under-21 cap on freedom of contract earlier this month amid his major overhaul of the Ibrox dressing room - with Aberdeen now due a payout for the star after he knocked back a new Pittodrie deal to sign a four-year contract at Rangers. The Light Blues made an offer of around £500,000 but it is nowhere near Aberdeen's valuation - with chief executive Alan Burrows stating that the Dons were prepared for a Scottish Professional Football League tribunal to decide the fee.

Miller reckons that £500,000 should be the starting point for talks as he called for the Reds to push for a big fee that could then be splashed on bringing through another first-team star. Writing for the Press and Journal, the Aberdeen legend said: "Aberdeen will be disappointed they did not get much first-team payback for all the years they spent developing Connor Barron. The Dons put a lot of time, money and effort into Barron’s progression through the youth ranks to the first team.

"However, Barron made just 57 starts in all competitions, with a further 19 off the bench, before leaving the club for Rangers this summer. Aberdeen will be hurting a player they developed from a very young age did not stick around to get more game-time with the first team.

"Barron views Rangers as the next step in his career and Aberdeen just have to accept that. If Aberdeen and Rangers do not reach a fee for the midfielder, it will have to go to a tribunal. If Barron had signed for a club outwith Scotland ,the Dons would be due training compensation of around £500,000. So Rangers will have to pay at least that for Barron or risk going to a tribunal.

"Compensation has to reflect Aberdeen’s investment into Barron over the years to develop him to the level he is now at. If you are developing players, but not getting that long-term payback in the team, then compensation is vitally important.

"Everyone at Aberdeen will be disappointed to see Barron leave Aberdeen, but that is a reality of football. What the Dons now have to do is reinvest whatever fee they get for the midfielder into developing the next Connor Barron."