Hickey to Celtic: Journalist reports Bhoys set to win race ahead of Bayern and Bologna

By John McGinley

August 25, 2020

Celtic are set to win the race for Aaron Hickey’s signature this summer, The Telegraph’s football journalist Mike McGrath reported on Monday night.

McGrath, who writes the paper’s Transfer Notebook column, believes that Hickey had also been sought after by Premier League clubs following his rise at Hearts.

In recent weeks the teenager has been heavily linked with a move across the continent to Bayern Munich or Bologna, having visited both club’s training centres as part of his decision process.

The Sunday Post reported two days ago that the Serie A side had set the player a deadline to make up his mind where he’ll be playing this season and beyond.

Hickey already knows Lennoxtown well, of course, having been on the books as a Celtic youth team player prior to his Tynecastle switch.

Daily Record sportswriter Ross Pilcher has since reported Hearts have received no bids from the Bhoys, but the same could be said of Bayern and Bologna.

Reported Celtic target Aaron Hickey / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It doesn’t mean Hickey doesn’t have his heart set on a move along the M8.

Reports make it sound like he’s been given the freedom to decide his next step in the game, though Hearts are commanding a transfer fee of £1.5m (Sunday Post).

We already know that Celtic are very interested in the left-back, who has also been tipped as a future midfielder.

Former manager Craig Levein told BBC Scotland earlier this month that the Scottish champions had tried to sign him five or six times, as well as explaining that the youngster might end up changing positions.

Reported Celtic target Aaron Hickey / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio meanwhile recently reported that the Bhoys had made Hickey ‘a great offer’.

However it shakes out, it seems the saga is drawing to a conclusion and, hopefully, we hear definitively this week what is happening with the talent.

There’s no doubt Celtic could do with some more depth on the left flank after the drama involving Boli Bolingoli.

In other news, 67 Hail Hail writer David Walton thinks the time is right for Celtic to move for Alberth Elis.