AARON HICKEY has been announced by Bologna, weeks after jetting off to Italy. The 18-year-old ex-Celtic kid was unveiled in a bizarre reveal video as Celtic’s £450k windfall was confirmed with the completion of the deal. The Scottish Champions will receive 30% of the fee that Hearts would receive – landing the Scottish Champions a fee close to half a million as the left back departs for £1.5m.
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Celtic have been in the market for a new full back after the behaviour of Bolingoli resulted in two games being postponed, resulting in Celtic falling behind Hibs and Rangers. Now with just Greg Taylor as the club’s only option at left back, Neil Lennon will need to look to the transfer market to find reinforcements. Although, Hickey will not be joining Celtic as the 18-year-old signs for the Serie A side. Hickey has been one of Scotland’s top rated talents in recent years with the player having been linked with Bayern Munich, Lyon and Manchester City.
Hickey made 33 appearances for Hearts last season and was one of their bright sparks in a dull season. Whilst his teammates prepare for life in the Championship, Hickey will be playing his football in the Italian top tier next season.
It is a good fee for the player that came through at Celtic before joining Hearts aged 14 and the club are reaping the rewards of putting a bumper clause into the deal to take him to the Tynecastle club. Celtic can now look to reinvest the money in either a new target, wages or propping up the youth sides at the club.