Aaron Hickey has proven to be another one that got away for Celtic. He was part of the youth setup at one point of time but would ultimately break into the senior level with Hearts as a teenager, and it is safe to say that he has not looked back since then. Currently playing for Serie A side, Bologna, he has earned a lot of rave reviews and continues to be linked with a move back to Parkhead.
Left-back has been an area of worry for Celtic for a long time now. Since Kieran Tierney left for Arsenal in the summer of 2019, they have not had a player who has managed to nail down the spot.
And that has remained the case under Ange Postecoglou as well, with Josip Juranovic, Greg Taylor, Liam Scales, Adam Montgomery and Boli Bolingoli, all featuring there through the course of the campaign.
Thus, a move for Hickey would make a lot of sense for Celtic although it will be extremely difficult considering the clubs he has recently been linked with. But as reported by Give Me Sport, journalist Pete O’Rourke said:
“It’s a position that (Ange) Postecoglou has been looking to strengthen. I think one of the Japanese targets can play at left-back so he might be a stop gap right now because I don’t think Bologna are in any rush to sell Aaron Hickey right now so this one might have to be one Celtic revisit in the summer.”
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Hickey has already become a regular in Bologna’s team. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored 4 goals in 19 appearances in Serie A this season.
Thus, there is no question that he would be a brilliant signing for Celtic, especially considering the fact that he is still just 19 years of age.
But there is expected to be heavy competition for his signature, with clubs like AC Milan, Napoli, Aston Villa and several others being linked with the youngster in recent times.
As a result, it is safe to say that it would be considered as a massive coup if Celtic are somehow able to bring back Hickey to Parkhead in the future.