Reported Glasgow Rangers and Celtic target Aaron Hickey is said to have made a decision on his future, according to Corriere dello Sport.
Hickey has emerged as one of Scotland’s most promising talents and, despite only turning 18 in June, has already made 34 first-team appearances for Hearts, including 22 in the Scottish Premiership.
According to the Glasgow Times, the defender has not only been tracked by Rangers and Celtic but also by clubs outside Scotland including the likes of Bayern Munich, Lazio and Manchester City.
“I first seen him against Celtic the week before the Scottish Cup final last year and then playing in the final I thought he was outstanding for a young boy,” pundit Mark Wilson wrote in the Scottish Sun in May.
“He’s probably everything a full-back should be right now. He’s composed on the ball, he likes a tackle and he’s good going forward.”
With Hearts suffering relegation to the Scottish Championship, they could struggle to retain Hickey’s services given his calibre, his potential, and so much apparent interest in his services.
Sadly for Rangers and Celtic, however, it looks as though they’ve missed out on the teenager’s signature.
Corriere dello Sport claims that Serie A side Bologna will sign Hickey soon on an initial loan deal with a 2m euro (around £1.8m) obligation to buy him in the summer of 2021.
The Italian outlet also reports that, despite late interest from Bayern, the player himself is set on a switch to the Rossoblu, who finished 12th in Serie A last season.
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.
Returning to Celtic, or indeed moving to Rangers, would have enabled the teenage prodigy to remain fairly close to home and develop at a leading club, yet in a familiar environment.
However, it looks as though Hickey could be snubbing some of the more high-profile suitors for a move to a club where he’s more likely to get first-team football fairly soon.