Celtic have bid rejected for long-term target – report

It is no secret that Celtic are short on the right-hand side of their defence. With Jonjoe Kenny having left Celtic Park last week following the expiration of his loan deal from Everton, and Jeremie Frimpong not been replaced properly since his depature to Germany, it is an area of real worry for The Bhoys’.

And, with a Champions League qualifier against FC Midtjylland fast approaching, it is an area which new boss Ange Postecoglou needs to sort out pronto – otherwise it could be another season of Europa League numbness at Celtic Park.

Yet, it seems that the club are dithering in their attempts to resolve the situation; with reports that the club have had a bid of £3.5million turned down for Bologna defender Aaron Hickey this morning.

Hickey, a Scotsman who grew up in the youth academy at Hearts, joined Celtic at the age of 12; yet despite four years in the academy at Lennoxtown, he rejoined Hearts in 2018, where he was fast-tracked to the first team at the age of just 16. Admittedly, Kieran Tierney was probably the man to stop Hickey in his tracks in becoming the club’s best left-back; yet, following KT’s move to Arsenal in 2019, it appears Hickey has been eyeing up the move back to Celtic Park’s left-back birth following his stint in Italy.

Having moved to Bologna last summer – in which Celtic tried to sign Hickey ‘five or six times’, alongside Aston Villa and European giants Lyon and Bayern Munich – Hickey has prospered at the Serie A side, making 12 appearances for I Rossoblu in his first season for the club before injury cut his season short.

The Scottish Sun have reported that Bologna have turned down the £3.5million bid, with the Italian side only needing to sell one player to balance their books for the summer. It appears that Ange Postecoglou is interested in Hickey due to his ability to play in multiple positions; an ambidextrous player, he can play left and right-back as naturally as one another – a huge quality in building a versatile side.

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  1. European numbness in Europa cup. We are not even good enough for that competition at the moment.

  2. John McBride on

    Tippical Celtic as usual won’t spend the money looks like it’s going to be loan deals again same old crap as usual poor manager hasn’t got a chance no more Europe and no chance of winning the League as I said tippical Celtic.