Glasgow Rangers cult hero Alex Rae has suggested to Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard that he should make a move for Aaron Hickey, a player linked with numerous clubs including Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United.
The Hearts left-back has made 22 appearances in the Scottish Premiership, scoring once, as well as appearing in the club’s Scottish Cup final last season in just his third senior appearance.
Clubs previously linked with Hickey, according to The Sun, include Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton, Norwich City, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Celtic.
Now, Newcastle – who are reportedly on the verge of a takeover by a Saudi-backed consortium – have been linked with the 17-year-old, who the Scottish Sun believes has a £2million price tag.
Chronicle Live has claimed that Magpies scouts have watched Hickey several times this season and would be interested in adding him to their first team squad.
Hearts assistant coach Austin MacPhee has previously compared Hickey to Jonny Evans and Sergio Busquets, as reported by The Scottish Sun, while The Mirror has made comparisons with Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson and Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney.
Rae took part in a Q&A on the Rangers Youth Development Co Twitter site earlier this week and was asked which Scottish players he would recommend to Gerrard were he an Ibrox scout.
“I’d say the lad Aaron Hickey at Hearts has a bright future,” he replied. “He looks to bomb forward when possible and does well defensively and the early signs are he will kick on.”
Hickey is an incredibly talented player, with an impressive number of games under his belt despite his young age, and so it’s not surprising that he is being linked with some of Britain’s best clubs.
Playing for Rangers would enable the teenage prodigy to remain fairly close to home, but when you have some of the English Premier League’s biggest clubs reportedly also keeping tabs on him, it’ll be a tricky task for the Ibrox side to sign him.