Connor Barron has no Rangers fear over Aberdeen boo-boys abuse as he vows to ignore flak

Connor Barron insists he has no fears over running the Red Army gauntlet of hate after signing for Rangers.

The 21-year-old Aberdeen academy product is the latest Dons star to cross the fierce rivalry divide to Ibrox. It’s a move which has seen Scott Wright and Ryan Jack being singled out for vicious abuse by the Pittodrie boo-boys in recent years. But Barron says he’ll handle any flak thrown in his direction when he returns to his hometown for the first meeting of the sides in October.

The Scotland U-21 star signed a four-year deal with Rangers last week and is at the centre of a transfer tussle that could go to a tribunal after Pittodrie chiefs kicked out an initial offer of around £500,000. And speaking to the media for the first time as a Gers player he insisted he won’t be fazed by the pelters from Pittodrie punters when he goes head-to-head with his old side in October.

Barron said: “It doesn’t get to me. Not at all. It doesn’t get to me. When you are a club the size of Rangers, that can’t get into your head. If it does then there is a problem. Obviously it’s a while away from right now, and I take it each game as it comes. Every game of football, I enjoy playing, so it’s not going to be any different.

“As a player, you have got to do things for yourself sometimes and do what is best for your career at the right time. I pay my thanks to Aberdeen, they have brought me up from a boy into the player that I am today. I thank them for everything they have done to help me get here in my career. It is the next chapter of my career now at Rangers Football Club and I can’t wait to get going.”

Barron grew up in the village of Kintore just 12 miles from Pittodrie as part of an Aberdeen supporting family headed by Dons-daft dad Graeme. But he insists if there has been any kickback over his move then he’s not seen or heard it - he’s too focused on getting off to a positive start on his Gers journey that he hopes leads to silverware.

He said: “To be honest, I haven’t seen anything. All I do is focus on my job on the pitch. I don’t go on social media or anything like that. That is not my job. My job is to go on the pitch and perform and let my football do the talking.

“My dad supports me wherever I go in my career. He’s my dad at the end of the day and my family is my family, they will support me wherever I go and there is nothing more to it than that. The ambition is to win trophies and if we don’t we get judged on that. That’s why any player comes here and that’s he expectation of the club.”