Celtic winning the race to sign rising star

Neil Lennon

Celtic have been stuck between a rock and a hard place over the last couple of weeks. 

They started their campaign with an absolute thumping, beating Hamilton 5-1. 

What followed, however, was about as far from ideal as you can get.

The silly behaviour of Boli Bolingoli led to two games being postponed and as a result, the Hoops are now six points behind Rangers in their quest for ten in a row.

This was not in the script, this wasn't how things were supposed to go.

Fortunately, they were back to winning ways after defeating Dundee last weekend. Albian Ajeti hit the ground running with a late goal that ensured he won over the Parkhead faithful from the very off.

Nick Hammond cannot rest easy just yet, though.

Celtic Champions League qualifier

He still has plenty of work to do in the transfer market but it looks as though he's closing in on his latest acquisition. 

According to Mike McGrath of The Telegraph, the Bhoys are winning the race to sign 18-year-old talent Aaron Hickey.

A move for the Hearts full-back has been touted for quite some time now but it looks as though they're finally about to get their man. 

McGrath claims there was plenty of interest from the Premier League but it's Celtic that he'll join, moving back to Glasgow just two years after initially leaving the Hoops behind. 

Celtic have tried to sign Hickey five or six times after he left in 2018 so this is a major breakthrough. No fee has been mentioned but his Transfermarkt value currently sits at a meagre £540,000. 

Aaron Hickey vs Celtic

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This would be a fantastic capture for Celtic, especially with the eyes of the Premier League on the young Scottish defender. 

He is largely a left-back but has played right across the back four during his career. The success he's had in the middle has led some pundits to believe he could play in the middle of the park too. 

In January, Austin MacPhee claimed he could become like a particular player at Barcelona.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, MacPhee said: "He’s so young he could play a lot of positions. He could end up being like Busquets." 

Aaron Hickey vs Rangers

For the time being, you'd imagine that Hickey would remain on the left-hand side. After all, the Hoops are looking rather slim in that area of the pitch. 

With Bolingoli potentially on his way out, that would leave Greg Taylor as their sole option in that third of the pitch. More importantly though, he could be the long-term replacement for Kieran Tierney that Celtic have been searching for.

He left for Arsenal last summer and they haven't really been able to replace him since. An 18-year-old talent with the world at his feet would go some way to making up for that loss.

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