Aaron Hickey to Parkhead would please many but Celtic still need better
Aaron Hickey to Celtic is a move that looks great on paper, and I for one can see the attraction.
A young Scottish homegrown talent who’s a Celtic fan and can sort out a problem position at left-back. He would give the club some decent cover in the position whilst having tremendous scope for potential.
So when yesterday’s tweet from Nicolo Schira claimed that Celtic had offered €3.5m [£3m] to Bologna for the full-back, many were pleased.
However, it’s important not to get too trapped into the fact Hickey is a Celtic supporter. Nor should we let that he’s rejected us multiple times to make him seem a more attractive proposition.
In the past, the former Hearts starlet has said that he rejected Celtic several times because he didn’t think it was the right footballing move for him [Glasgow Live]. In other words, he didn’t think he would be first-choice or get many opportunities.
Aaron Hickey would still be a back-up player at Celtic
But the fact is that nothing has changed. Hickey would still be a back-up left-back. He wouldn’t play ahead of the likes of Greg Taylor and Celtic would still need better in the position.
He hasn’t done anything with Bologna this season to suggest he would come in and solve our issues. In fact, Hickey is only just back from surgery after injuring his shoulder. He only played 12 times for the Serie A club last season, so he hasn’t come on much further [Transfermarkt]. His last appearance came in February.
I would also raise question marks about Hickey’s one-to-one defending. For me, that was the weakest area of his game and it’s something he won’t have had enough time to develop given his injury problems. That could still be a costly deficiency in his game.
But if Celtic do pull this off, I wouldn’t expect them to move for anyone else. Not if they’re ploughing as much as £3m into any deal.
And supporters have appeared split over the decision to make another offer to Hickey. Here’s how the Celtic fans have been reacting on social media:
Celtic already today linked with Hickey, Borre and Gauld. Let’s hope these are true and we actually get these players unlike times we failed to get big players under the previous CEO
— Reiss 🇩🇰🇮🇹 (@ReissFerguson) June 23, 2021
Wouldn't mind this at all 👌 https://t.co/dCbYA2XfS9
— DC (@dcolton67) June 23, 2021
Why do we need him when we've got Monty https://t.co/kTj7dLjDWL
— Lyle MacJenson🇩🇰 (@cfclyle) June 23, 2021
Lennon was adamant we signed Jonjo Kenny. Lennon the wise.
— Sean Gaffney (@Velociraptor198) June 23, 2021
Laddie cannot defend.
— Wee Specky (@Flashman58) June 23, 2021
I’ll gladly take that 👍👏
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— El Capitan 🍀 (@SkipDdawg) June 23, 2021
Missed that boat.
— StephenTicman2021 🍀 (@ticman2013) June 23, 2021