Celtic could be owed £600,000 by Rangers – if Ross Wilson lands his £2m target – The Edinburgh News reports.
According to The Scottish Sun, new Sporting Director Wilson will suggest that Rangers target Hickey. The Hearts defender has been on Wilson’s radar since he was at Southampton – who still want him alongside Manchester City.
Rangers might see Hickey as a long-term left-back solution. The 17-year-old is on Rangers’ radar and he would cost around £2m – provided that Hearts and the player do not agree on a contract extension.
But if Rangers splash £2m on Hickey, they will be giving funds to their biggest rivals. Hickey was on Celtic’s books as a schoolboy before he joined Hearts. Celtic have included a 30 per cent sell-on clause in his contract, ensuring they would get a windfall when he moves away from Tynecastle.
Rangers, Southampton and Man City could all be battling for Hickey in the January window. This could even push his price higher than £2m. But if Rangers win the race, at least £600,000 will have to move across the Old Firm divide.
Hickey is a talented young player who could prove to be an asset for Rangers in the future. He could be the long-term replacement for Borna Barisic and Andy Halliday.
But sending £600,000 or more to Old Firm rivals Celtic would leave a bitter taste to Hickey’s arrival.