Celtic to bid £3.5m for ex-Hearts youngster now a Serie A star

Aaron Hickey could return to Scotland after just one season in Serie A with Celtic reportedly ready to table a £3.5m bid for the young defender.

Sunday, 4th July 2021, 3:25 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th July 2021, 3:25 pm
Fabio Quagliarella of UC Sampdoria with Aaron Hickey and Lukasz Skorupski of Bologna FC during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and Bologna FC at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on November 22, 2020 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)
Fabio Quagliarella of UC Sampdoria with Aaron Hickey and Lukasz Skorupski of Bologna FC during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and Bologna FC at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on November 22, 2020 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

Hearts sold the teenager to Bologna last Setpember after a meteoric rise for the wing-back through the Tynecastle ranks and into the first team under Craig Levein.

Around £450,000 of the £1.5m fee went to Hickey’s former club at Parkhead, where he came through the youth set-up before switching to Hearts for more game-time.

Now he could be set for a return with Ange Postecoglou said to be keen on the 19-year-old who has also been linked with Napoli in recent days.

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Aaron Hickey of Bologna FC (R) competes for the ball with Gabriele Zappa of Cagliari Calcio. (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)

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Hickey was considered an outside chance for Steve Clarke’s Euro 2020 squad after a strong start to his Italian career, playing 12 times, but a shoulder injury cut his season short.

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