With the latest Scottish Premiership campaign having been declared, Celtic and Glasgow rivals Rangers can now cast an eye towards the 2020-21 league season as Parkhead look to make it 10 in a row while Ibrox look to finally earn title number 55.
Rangers – who have nothing left to play for this term – have already begun the process by publishing their retained list, while Celtic will hope to secure another treble, with the Scottish FA remaining committed to completing the Scottish Cup, the tournament at the semi-final stage.
From a transfer perspective, both Celtic and Rangers now have the perfect opportunity to move for one of Scotland’s most talented youngsters, a player who has been linked with both clubs as well as teams south of the border and even with Germany’s most successful club.
With Hearts having been relegated after the 2019-20 season was called earlier this week, Aaron Hickey is too talented to ply his trade in the second tier of Scottish football.
Hickey – deemed by the Scottish Sun to have a £2million price tag – also appeared in Hearts’ Scottish Cup final last season in just his third senior outing.
Other clubs previously linked with Hickey – who had a stint in Celtic’s academy before rejoining the Jambos – include Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton, Norwich City, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Bayern Munich.
Even though Hearts are fighting tooth and nail off the pitch to avoid relegation, Hickey is unlikely to stay even if they get reinstated, given he’d be able to fetch the Tynecastle side a hefty sum, which would benefit them in the current financial climate.
And of course, the player himself could well be tempted by an ambitious move elsewhere – when you’ve got Scotland’s best teams, a host of top English teams and even Bayern Munich interested in your services, you’d feel like the world is your oyster.
Returning to Celtic, or indeed moving to Rangers, would enable the teenage prodigy – who The Mirror has compared with Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson and Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney – to remain fairly close to home and continue his development in a league he’s shown he can deliver in.