Barnsley's Conor Hourihane welcomes Celtic, Rangers, Aston Villa interest

Barnsley's Conor Hourihane

The Barnsley midfielder was linked with moves to Celtic, Rangers and Aston Villa during the summer transfer window.

Barnsley's Conor HourihaneBarnsley's Hourihane

Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane has told the Daily Mail he is keen to see where this season will take him.

Hourihane is playing in his first ever campaign at Championship level - although not that you could tell.

The 25-year-old has scored three goals and set up another five in his 11 outings so far - under the shadow of alleged interest from Celtic, Rangers and Aston Villa.

Hourihane's Oakwell contract expires at the end of this season, however, and the recent Republic of Ireland call-up says he has found the attention welcome.

"This is my first season in the Championship. I have played well and I want to see where it takes me," he told the Daily Mail ahead of Barnsley's fixture against Newcastle United.

Conor Hourihane celebrates scoring for BarnsleyHourihane celebrates

"There is no transfer window open so nothing can happen at the moment. It is always nice to hear when you are linked with clubs because it shows you are doing things in the right way and people are taking notice."

Speculation surrounding Hourihane's future is likely to increase as the January transfer window edges closer, not least given the recent developments at Aston Villa and Rangers in particular.

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the press conferenceNew Aston Villa boss Bruce

Villa recently appointed a new manager in Steve Bruce, who sought to keep Hourihane while at Sunderland, whereas Rangers could find themselves short in midfield if Joey Barton's contract is terminated as has been suggested.

Rangers' Clint Hill and Joey Barton look dejected after Burnley's second goalBarton's Ibrox career is said to be under threat

In contrast, Rangers' fierce rivals Celtic already have a number of players in the Irishman's position.

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