An update has emerged on Celtic’s summer transfer plans, regarding who Ange Postecoglou had been trying to bring to Parkhead.
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According to reports in Italy, via Sport Witness, Celtic made a move to sign Aaron Hickey from Serie A side Bologna in the summer transfer window.
The report claims Rangers and Aston Villa were also looking at the Scottish youngster, but Bologna rejected interest in his signature and kept hold of him.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou must sanction another swoop for Hickey in the January window after failing to land him in the summer. The 19-year-old could be an excellent signing for the Hoops as he would solve a big issue for the Australian head coach.
FFC published an article earlier this week explaining why Postecoglou must allow Boli Bolingoli to leave the club next summer, or in January. This would leave Greg Taylor as the only senior left-back option at Parkhead, with Hickey potentially coming in to fill the gaping hole in that area of the pitch.
Taylor is currently out injured until the end of November, highlighting Celtic’s dire need to bring in a left-back to either be the first-choice or to compete with Taylor. At the moment, his injury has left them threadbare at the back.
“Aaron is an extraordinary talent. For such a young age, he is extremely calm and composed on the ball.
“He never panics, never loses his cool and always seems to make the right decisions. Despite being so young, he’s very hard to play against.
“Aaron as a player is like Philipp Lahm. For me at Hearts, he played as a full-back. He not only runs up and down the line, but looks for attacking moves like Lahm once did. And Aaron can also play in the central midfield.”
Lahm ended his career with 517 appearances for Bayern, 113 caps for Germany, eight Bundesliga titles, one Champions League and one World Cup. He played everywhere across the defence and midfield, with Stendel believing that Hickey has the same level of versatility, which indicates that he could become the Scottish Lahm if he fulfils his potential in the future.
Therefore, Celtic must bring him as he could develop into a top player – being compared to Lahm at such a young age – and could solve a key problem for Postecoglou in the full-back position.
Hickey has shown that he can compete at a high level, with an average SofaScore rating of 6.90 in seven Serie A starts this season, which suggests that he could come in and impress for the Hoops at left-back to replace Bolingoli and challenge Taylor.