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Celtic suffer transfer blow in reported £4.3m pursuit

Celtic have already reportedly seen a bid rejected for Bologna’s Scottish defender Aaron Hickey – and now, they have received a further blow. That is because Bologna sporting director Walter Sabatini has spoken publicly on Hickey’s future. He states that Hickey will not be leaving Bologna.

The 19-year-old made the bold move to join Bologna last summer from Hearts – but only managed 12 appearances in his first season in Serie A. Bologna though, enjoyed a solid season and finished in a very respectable 12th place in the top tier. They are under no pressure to sell Hickey.

Indeed, The Scottish Sun report that Celtic have had a bid rejected of £3.5million for Hickey. La Nazione, as per the Record, say Bologna want £4.3million. Now, Sabatini has ruled out an exit entirely – stating he wants Hickey to remain in Italy this summer, rather than return to Scotland.

“Hickey is a Bologna player, and despite the interest of many clubs, he will 100% remain here,” Sabatini was quoted as saying in the Sunday Post (post-match supplement, p11 – 11/07). He has already shown us the great qualities he possesses. Bologna are betting a lot on him, and he stays with us.”

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Celtic need to look elsewhere for a left-back, though Hickey would have been ideal

Hickey is the perfect mould for the kind of left-back Celtic need. It is all good bringing in a player who is an international, in his prime years. But Diego Laxalt showed last season that some players struggle in Scotland – even if they are an AC Milan player, or a Uruguay international.

Celtic need a young player that they can turn into the next Kieran Tierney. One that knows Scottish football inside out. Hickey would have been ideal but it appears that the Hoops have missed the boat on this one.

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