HICKEY OPENS UP ON SNUBBING CELTIC
Bologna left-back Aaron Hickey has opened up on snubbing the interest from Scottish Premiership giants Celtic last summer. The young Scottish player talked about rejecting Celtic and other interested teams ahead of his move to Italian Serie A side Bologna at the start of last season.
Hickey revealed the decision behind turning down Celtic and other teams in an interview with Italian media outletZerocinquantuno. According to him, he didn't have any positive feelings towards any other offers apart from Bologna last summer. Bologna paid an undisclosed fee believed to be around £1.5m to sign Hickey from Hearts at the start of last season. The 19-year-old is a versatile player who can function well as a midfielder or as a left-back.
Young Scotsman Hickey said that he had extremely positive feelings when he visited Bologna before signing for the Italian Serie A side. He didn't experience the positive feelings elsewhere and that ultimately led to his decision to sign for Bologna.
Hickey went on to say that it has been a good first year for him at Bologna. The Scotland junior international had a rollercoaster season for his debut campaign as a Bologna player before he underwent shoulder surgery.
As pointed out earlier, Celtic were one of several teams who had an interest in Hickey. The Herald confirmed the interest of Celtic last summer via a report. Another report via the Scottish Sun stated that Celtic wanted to sign him again in the summer. He would have been a good addition to the Ange Postecoglou revolution at the Scottish Premiership outfit.
Ex-Australian national team manager Postecoglou took the Celtic job in the summer. Celtic manager Postecoglou currently has a lot of left-back options at his disposal and it's unlikely that he would need a new one in the nearest future. On his part, Hickey has established himself at Bologna and he will most likely stay for the foreseeable future amidst the interest from AC Milan.