Former Scotland full-back Alan Hutton believes that Hearts defender Aaron Hickey, who has been linked with a move to Celtic, could be a great signing for the Hoops.
It was reported by 90min that the Glasgow club appear to have beaten English Premier League sides Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton as well as Championship outfit Leeds United to the full-back, who has seen his current club relegated from the SPFL after the Premiership was abandoned last month.
Would Hickey be a needed signing?
Speaking about Hickey and the transfer links to Celtic to Football Insider, Hutton said, “He’s got even better, he’s become a better player and he’s versatile as well, I think a lot of clubs look at that at the moment. He plays on the left but he can also play on the right – he ticks a lot of boxes.
“He’s definitely a player that can be moulded and made even better playing in a stronger team. I think there a lot of the positives for Celtic – obviously not for Hearts, it looks like they’re going to go down. I think maybe Celtic would get him a little bit cheaper so it’s great for them.
“Looking to the future he’s a player who could really play for years and become a real star in that Celtic team so it doesn’t surprise me they’re interested, there seems to be a lot of other clubs interested as well but he seems to favour Celtic.
He’s been there, it’s not quite worked out, he’s had that drive, that force to go away and prove people wrong and it’s worked for him. This is a lesson for a lot of young kids.”
It’s hard to disagree with Hutton on the potential of the the full-back, who is only 17 years old. He has already made 30 appearances in all competitions this season, keeping four clean sheets, as per Transfermarkt; 22 of these appearances have come in the Premership, in which he has picked up one goal and one assist.
He is also on the radar of Scotland as he has underage caps for his country, highlighting that his performances have certainly not got unnoticed.
Given the level of interest from top English sides, Hickey signing for Celtic would be a great acquisition for the club and, if his star continues to ascend, the Hoops could have a left-back who should grow even better with age and potentially become a first team stalwart for many years to come.
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