Reported Celtic target Aaron Hickey touched on a potential move to Parkhead as recently as last month.
The Scottish Sun reported on Thursday night that the Hoops are eyeing up a potential deal for £4m-rated Bologna left-back Hickey. The ex-Hearts full-back will be presented to the new manager, expected to be Eddie Howe, as a potential signing target.
Hickey once played for Celtic during his youth days before leaving and making it at Hearts. A big summer move to Bologna has led to him bagging 12 appearances in his debut campaign [Transfermarkt]. His season was then cut short early last month because of a shoulder injury that required surgery [BBC]. However, he could be swiftly on the move once again.
Celtic were previously interested in the youngster before he moved to Italy. And speaking last month, Hickey touched on that interest and admitted he would be up for a future move to Glasgow somewhere down the line.
As quoted by the Herald, Hickey said: “Celtic came in a lot and I was excited and happy about it. I don’t know if it was the right option for me, though, because of the deal or something.
“I’m a Celtic supporter and it was massive for me, but I just didn’t think it was the right time to go there. I wouldn’t ever rule it out down the line, who knows.”
£4m seems steep despite for Celtic-linked Aaron Hickey
For the lack of first-team experience that Hickey actually has, anything upwards of £4m seems a touch steep. You have to take into consideration that the left-back still has under 50 senior appearances to his name.
Granted, Bologna invested in Hickey last summer. Therefore, if they’re going to sell, they’ll want to make a sizable profit. When they bagged him from Hearts, they only shelled out £1.5m [BBC]. At the time, that was a figure that was much more reflective of his current level of ability.
It would also be surprising to see the Serie A side look to let him go so soon. They wouldn’t have signed him last summer if they didn’t see something exciting in him. Something that they can develop over the long-term and sell for big money.
The idea of them patching that idea and jumping at £4m this summer comes across as bizarre. He was also tipped for great things by manager Sinisa Mihajlovic after making his debut in September [The Herald].
From a Celtic perspective, signing up young Scottish talent is always pleasing for supporters. It still remains an important policy of the club’s. However, we have to weigh up the risk and reward here. Is it worth spending £4m on a player with so little experience and who may not even be ready to be our first-choice?
All things the new manager has to weight up of course. It’ll be his rebuild, and only he should have the final say.