The Bologna promise to Mihajlovic that complicates Celtic Aaron Hickey quest
Bologna have promised manager Sinisa Mihajlovic that the Serie A club will only sell one player this summer, making the Celtic quest to sign Aaron Hickey more difficult.
Reports linking Celtic with a move for the former Bhoys academy prospect and Hearts player have been rife this summer.
The defender made a surprise move to Italy last year. That was despite multiple attempts from Celtic to bring him back to Glasgow from Tynecastle. [BBC]
Hickey initially featured regularly for Bologna. However, his season ended frustratingly with a shoulder injury that required surgery.
Mihajlovic wants to keep him. The Bologna boss has also been assured there will be no multiple exits from his squad this summer.
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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he’s said: “The club has assured me we will sell at most one player.”
Celtic have other priorities beyond Aaron Hickey
No doubt that Hickey will be one of a number of targets for the left-back position. It’s actually not one of our immediate priorities right now, with Greg Taylor, Adam Montgomery and Boli Bolingoli all available.
The right-back area looks far more urgent for Ange Postecoglou and his recruitment team. There is a real lack of first-team experience and ability available there.
So, the Hickey saga may rumble on a bit yet. Bologna will have to balance the demands of Mihajlovic against the desire of Hickey and financial package on offer from Celtic.
A slow burner or not, I’d still like to get the teenager in the door at Celtic Park at some point – he has a bright future.
It’d be a shame to miss out on that, even if he has already turned down the chance of a return to Paradise.
In other news, Boli Bolingoli seems delighted with his Celtic return.