Connor Barron on Aberdeen fan reaction as Rangers new boy insists abuse won't get to him

New Rangers star Connor Barron
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Connor Barron insists he'll block out the noise from Aberdeen fans who are angered by his move to Rangers.

The Scotland Under-21 midfielder turned down interest from abroad to sign a pre-contract at Ibrox after rejecting a new deal at Pittodrie. Given there's no love lost between both clubs, Barron's decision to move to Glasgow has upset a large element of the Red Army.

Ex-Aberdeen stars Ryan Jack and Scott Wright have become hate figures within the Pittodrie support in recent years for joining their bitter rivals. And while Barron is braced for a similar stick for following in their footsteps, the 21-year-old says he had to put his career first.

He said: "As a player, you've got to do things for yourself sometimes and you've got to do what's best for your career at the right time. I pay my thanks to Aberdeen, they've obviously brought me up from a boy to who I am today so I thank them for everything they've done to help me get here for my career. But as I say, the next chapter of my career now is Rangers Football Club and I can't wait to get going."

Asked if he expected an angry reaction from Aberdeen fans, 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's not my job. My job is to go out on the pitch and perform and let the football do the talking."

Quizzed on whether he'll be able to handle any abuse that comes his way, he said: "Yeah, it doesn't get to me. When are you are at a club the size of Rangers, that can't get into your head. If it does, then there's a problem."

Barron snubbed the chance to make a name for himself in Italy like fellow Scots Lewis Ferguson, Josh Doig and Aaron Hickey. The youngster added: "When I spoke to Rangers, it was a no-brainer for me. That's where I want to be. I'm here now and it's about me doing what I can on the pitch to make this club even more successful than it already is."