Aaron Hickey to Parkhead would please many but Celtic still need better

By David Walton

June 24, 2021

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.

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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.

Celtic transfer target Aaron Hickey / (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

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:

https://twitter.com/MMckelvie38/status/1407673866571370506

In other news, a Celtic-linked Boavista winger’s father has come out and discussed his dream move.


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