Celtic to 'waive' sell-on fee as they pursue deal for Aaron Hickey

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Celtic are plotting a summer move for Aaron Hickey, according to The Athletic.

The 17-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in Scottish football after an impressive season for Hearts in an otherwise torrid campaign for the Edinburgh side.

As a result of being relegated it's widely accepted that Hearts will be looking to cash in on their prized asset as they look to recoup some of the financial hit that they've taken.

Hickey is attracting interest from clubs in England and in Scotland, however Celtic is believed to be his preferred destination.

The left-back is a Celtic supporter and spent much of his youth career at Celtic Park, meaning that a move back to Glasgow would no doubt be appealing.

It's a move that would no doubt appeal to Hearts as well, with the relegated side set for a financial boost if the defender did move back to Parkhead.

According to Edinburgh Live Celtic inserted a 30% sell-on fee when they sold Hickey to Hearts in 2018.

While Neil Lennon's side would benefit financially if Hickey moved elsewhere, it's claimed that Celtic would waive their cut in order to allow Hearts to make a bigger profit.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

A move to Celtic certainly seems to make sense for Aaron Hickey.

The 17-year-old was a shining light in a poor Hearts side last term and he certainly deserves his opportunity to play at a higher level.

The fact that he's a boyhood Celtic fan could be huge in deciding where he plays his football, along with the fact that the Bhoys are keen to sign a left-sided player.

There's bound to be significant interest in the full-back but given the added financial boost that a move to Celtic would have for Hearts, it's a no-brainer.

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