Aaron Hickey to Celtic bigged up by former Hearts team-mate Christophe Berra

By David Walton

July 6, 2021

The prospect of Aaron Hickey to Celtic has been met with a big thumbs up from former Hearts centre-back and team-mate Christophe Berra.

Berra was at the Jambos whilst Hickey was coming through the youth system. He watched him thrive in his breakthrough season before earning a £1.5million move for Bologna in Serie A [BBC].

In recent times, the speculation linking the Hoops with Hickey has been heating up. The Scottish Sun believes Celtic are confident of an agreement for the young left-back within days. Italian outlet La Nazione, however, reports that the Serie A club aren’t interested in selling [print edition, 05/07, page 46].

But Berra believes, should the deal go through, Hickey will be a superb asset for Ange Postecoglou given how he likes to play football.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Berra said: “Aaron’s always had that attacking intent. He can add that bit more to his game, getting to the bye-line and getting crosses in. But the beauty of him still only being 19 is that there’s so much more to come from him. That will all come.

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“He has a lot of tools in his locker to have a very successful career, with Celtic or somewhere else.At Celtic he would be expected to get plenty of assists as a full-back. I don’t know Ange Postecoglou. But from what I’ve read he’s really into attacking football.

“Aaron’s technical, he likes to make passes and keep things simple. Postecoglou, I’d imagine, would be demanding him to get up and down and get crosses in. That’s the modern day full-back. Aaron could do that for Celtic, no issue.”

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You could understand his reasons for going to Italy in the first place. If you want to learn how to be a better defender, there’s no better place in world football than Serie A.

It could also still be the case that Hickey sees his future with Bologna too. After all, he was playing regularly before his shoulder injury. If he’s going to be getting guarantees of more first-team football next season, it’s difficult to see why he would leave so suddenly.

Then again, the lure of Celtic could prove too great. Whilst he’s rejected the club several times in the past, a spot has opened up for him in the 2021/22 season. Hickey has a chance to be the club’s first-choice left-back should he sign.

Aaron Hickey in action for Bologna (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Bologna still view him as an exciting young talent undoubtedly. He didn’t make the Tuttosport Golden Boy nomination list because he doesn’t have potential. But a bid of around £3.5m will hopefully be enough to tempt them into a deal.

Whether he’ll bag a bunch of assists or not is anyone’s guess, but Hickey will certainly be tasked with being a constant danger as an attacking left full-back should he sign at Parkhead. That’s simple how Postecoglou will want him to play the game.

So fingers crossed we get this over the line soon. The quicker we strengthen key positions, the better for the football club.

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