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Celtic: Hoops were quoted £6.8m for Aaron Hickey

Celtic: Hoops were quoted £6.8m for Aaron Hickey -Celtic

Celtic were quoted a fee of £6.8m to sign left-back Aaron Hickey this summer, The Daily Record report.

The Lowdown: January links

Hickey, who spent time at Parkhead as a youngster, has been with Italian side Bologna since 2020.

He’s started every Serie A game this season, scoring twice, taking his appearance tally with his current employers to 23.

The left-back, who is ‘like Busquets’ according to former coach Austin MacPhee and has been hailed as an ‘extraordinary talent’, has been linked with a return to Celtic Park in the January window.

Both Aston Villa and the Hoops have been rumoured with a winter window swoop, but it seems as if former Celtic CEO Dominic McKay may have missed the best chance to bring the defender back to the club.

Should Celtic have signed Hickey in the summer?

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Yes, missed a trick!

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The Latest: £6.8m summer fee

The Daily Record shared a report on the 19-year-old on Tuesday, claiming that the Hoops were quoted a fee of £6.8m to sign the full-back in the summer.

He appeared to be a man on Ange Postecoglou’s radar, however, reports in the summer suggested Celtic’s bid was worth just £3.5m, so they are well short of that valuation.

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The Verdict: Missed opportunity…

Left-back has recently been described as the ‘problem position’ at Parkhead by Frank McAvennie, and with Greg Taylor sidelined, it now appears as if McKay made a blunder by not signing Hickey.

Hickey’s Transfermarkt valuation, which was £4.5m in the summer, now stands at £7.2m, and as The Daily Record mention, the £6.8m summer asking price will only increase.

As Kieran Devlin states, none of Boli Bolingoli, Liam Scales or Adam Montgomery has made the left-back role their own with Taylor out, so the Hoops may live to regret not bringing Hickey back over the summer.

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