Report: Lazio interested in Celtic target Aaron Hickey after pre-lockdown scouting

By John McGinley

May 31, 2020

Lazio are the latest big club credited with an interest in former Celtic youth player and apparent transfer target Aaron Hickey, The Scottish Sun reports.

The paper say that the Serie A high-flyers, who the Hoops trounced in the Europa League last year, watched the player prior to football’s suspension across the continent and join a list of admirers that includes Manchester City and AC Milan, as well as Celtic.

A report from journalist Stephen McGowan at The Scottish Daily Mail emerged last week which stated that manager Neil Lennon was keeping tabs on Hickey’s situation at Hearts.

Hickey was on the books at the Hoops a few years ago but made the switch to Tynecastle where he’s made a first-team breakthrough despite being just 17.

He made 30 appearances for the senior side last season and while his team struggled for much of the campaign and were eventually relegated, hopes are apparently high he can make the grade at a better outfit.

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The youngster has just a year left on his current deal at Hearts, who The Scottish Sun say will likely cash in on his talents this summer.

With Jonny Hayes leaving the club at the end of his contract, Celtic could be in need of a left-sided option with neither Boli Bolingoli nor Greg Taylor really cementing themselves as must-picks in the left-back or left-wing-back positions.

Hearts youngster Aaron Hickey in action against Celtic / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Hickey is far from the finished product but Lennon has shown a willingness to play young players if he feels they are capable enough, most notably shown by the emergence of teenager Jeremie Frimpong in 2019/20.

Celtic making a move before other big clubs come in from abroad and prise a young, Scottish talent away from our own backyard would make sense.

Will we see the youngster head back to Glasgow or does a more exotic adventure await?