Hearts’ Aaron Hickey is reportedly interesting AC Milan, according to a well-respected Italian journalist.

Gianluca Di Marzio claims that AC have their eye on strengthening the full-back positions. Ricardo Rodriguez is apparently set to confirm a move to Fenerbahce, and Hickey is apparently a surprise contender to be his replacement.

Di Marzio also reports, however, that Milan are looking at Wigan’s Antonee Robinson too. Judging by his report, it looks like it could be a shootout between the pair of them.

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Former Celtic youngster Aaron Hickey

Former Celtic youngster Aaron Hickey / (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hickey, of course, was originally part of Celtic’s youth system before he turned pro. However, he went back to Hearts before he made the step-up from the development squad to the first-team.

This season, Hickey has had another breakthrough campaign. He’s been a constant under both Craig Levein and Daniel Stendel, playing in 24 matches this term already (Transfermarkt).

Celtic don’t need to lure Hickey back

The temptation is always there to bring him back. Considering his Parkhead past and the level of teams linked with him, it seems like a deal we should be in for.

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After all, it’s not only AC Milan who have apparently been considering him. Manchester City have also been reported to be interested by the Daily Mail. With Hickey having played every match under Stendel, it’s clear he remains a big player for the Gorgie side.

Hickey has primarily played at left-back for Hearts, but can also feature down the right. Should he sign for a high-profile club such as the ones mentioned, he’ll likely be some way away from the first-team. The same would be said if Celtic went in for him.

Hearts youngster Aaron Hickey (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

At the moment, our full-back positions are arguably our strongest at the club. We have three players for either spot, and adding Hickey to the mix wouldn’t be beneficial to anyone.

Hickey, at the rate he’s developing at, needs to just keep on playing games. He’s getting tremendous exposure at Hearts, and is playing at a club who are in the midst of a relegation battle. If he can help Stendel’s side stay up, it’ll be great experience for him in the long run.

Still, he’s clearly highy-valued by some big clubs, and that will only do his confidence the world of good. It’s still not out of the equation that Celtic become interested in him, but for now, it’s not exactly a priority.


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