Celtic news round-up: Ivan Toney and Aaron Hickey latest

Aaron Hickey

Celtic are on the hunt for ten Scottish Premiership crowns in a row.

It would be a mesmeric achievement, a mighty accomplishment worthy of everlasting praise.

However, the main priority for right now surely has to be to keep their star players.

If they keep him they Odsonne Edouard, they will surely deserve a medal, particularly after the way players like Moussa Dembele, Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama have left throughout the years.

Edouard was awarded Celtic's Player of the Season award yesterday but Kristoffer Ajer was subject of interest from Leicester and AC Milan - a worrying piece of news.

Keep those sorts of individuals around and their grip over Scottish football will surely become even greater. A scary thought for everyone else in the top division.

Yesterday may have been sprung the bad news about Ajer but today's news round-up is a little more positive.

Edouard drops transfer hint

If Celtic keep hold of Edouard this summer it will feel like a miracle. The Frenchman has scored 27 goals this term has earned the attraction of Arsenal and Leicester along the way.

It would be typical if the Bhoys lost another big name - they are certainly no strangers to it after losing Kieran Tierney last summer too.

The pitfalls of Scottish football appears to be that no one can hold onto the brightest talents in the country. It's a mighty shame but that's the reality of the situation facing Celtic, Rangers and co.

Though, despite links away, Edouard dropped a positive hint over his future after picking up the club's Player of the Season award, claiming he was looking forward to winning another title at Parkhead. 

He commented: “Every season we want to win the title.

“This year is nine in-a-row, and next year I hope it is 10 in-a-row. This will be historic for the club.

“It's very important for the club, for the fans, for the team, for all of the staff. We now need to go back to work for next season, and I hope that we can win this title for 10 in-a-row.”

Positive news indeed, although, actions speak far louder than words. His future is still very much up in the air.

Toney will be sold

Celtic have been linked with a move for goal machine Ivan Toney this week. 

The Peterborough striker was at the centre of £15m interest earlier this week when Posh chief Barry Fry claimed the Hoops and Rangers were aiming to sign the forward.

Toney, who has 26 goals this season, is just one shy of the prolific Edouard and would be a fine replacement for the Frenchman if he departed. 

The English Football League star failed to make the grade at Premier League Newcastle, not finding the back of the net in four senior appearances. Though, he's lit up League One with 49 strikes in the last two years.

Since initially being linked, there has now been a positive update from Peterborough's manager Darren Ferguson. Speaking about the club's situation, he said

"We will probably be okay as we have excellent owners, but others will struggle. We will have to sell Ivan Toney, but we will get good money for him even in a pandemic and we shouldn’t have to sell anyone else.”

Hickey latest

Another player the Hoops are hoping to sign in the summer transfer market is 17-year-old wonderkid Aaron Hickey.

Celtic face competition from both Chelsea and Bayern Munich in the hunt to sign him for what could be a cut-price deal.

The teenager is out of contract in 12 months time and Hearts are now facing up to the realisation that they'll either have to cash in for a nominal fee this summer or lose him for free in a year's time. 

And following that news, he's been tipped to leave Edinburgh for a "pittance". Those were the words of Sky Sports football expert and columnist Andy Walker.

Speaking about the situation, he was hardly complimentary of Hearts, suggesting that Hickey would almost definitely leave for pastures new.

In full, he commented: "In all honesty, I'm struggling to understand why Hearts have misread this so badly.

"How they did not recognise Hickey would become their most sellable asset a year ago is beyond me!

"From a Hearts point of view, they have passed up the very real prospect of bringing in millions to the club by not offering Hickey a long-term contract over the past 12 months. I imagine they will lose him for a pittance and they will only have themselves to blame."

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