One position where Rangers must make plans to potentially strengthen this summer is left-back, with all three of Steven Gerrard’s options linked with the Ibrox exit.
As shown by Transfermarkt, both Jon Flanagan and Andy Halliday are out of contract this summer. Both have had to settle for peripheral roles this term, and it would arguably not be a huge surprise to see both men move on.
Meanwhile, Borna Barisic’s agent claimed at one stage this month that the Croatian will likely leave the club when the window opens (via Daily Record).
So signing a new left-back may be a priority for Gerrard this summer. And that is why Celtic should perhaps expect a battle for Aaron Hickey once the season concludes.
The Scottish Sun reported at the weekend that the Hoops are interested in the Hearts man. And the current problems at Tynecastle may reportedly open the door for a cut-price move for the 17-year-old.
But he is also a player who has reportedly been on Rangers’s radar this season.
The Scottish Sun reported back in October that then-incoming sporting director Ross Wilson would recommend a move for Hickey to Gerrard.
It must be noted that Gerrard, at the time, insisted that there was nothing in the reports, in comments also reported by The Scottish Sun.
However, some time has now passed. And Rangers will almost definitely be looking to sign at least one left-back this summer.
It would be asking a lot to expect Hickey to fill Barisic’s shoes if he left. But as an understudy to the £22 million-rated defender (via 90Min), he may arguably prove to be a fantastic addition.
So while The Scottish Sun’s report at the weekend noted that Celtic are set to battle a number of Premier League sides for Hickey’s signature, perhaps they should not be surprised if Rangers also decide to provide competition.