Former Hearts manager Craig Levein has said that Celtic tried to sign young full back, Aaron Hickey ‘five or six times’ in his time at the club.

As reported by BBC Sport and speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, Levein revealed that the former Celtic academy player, was clearly someone who the club were interested in buying, and tried to pursue this on several occasions.

Celtic tried to buy him back half-a-dozen times and that just got knocked back – Celtic tried to buy him back while he was in the first team, I think it was five or six times.

He’s got really good defensive qualities. He likes defending, which is a rare thing these days. He might end up going back into the midfield area. I think he’d be a fantastic holding midfield player with his great awareness of danger and his ability to get out of tight situations with the ball at his feet.”

In recent days it has also been reported that Hickey has been of interested from clubs all over the club, including the likes of Bayern, Lazio and has even visited Italian side Bologna’s  training ground, ahead of a possible move to the Serie A club.

The young Scottish left back, first sprung on the scene when he was 16, playing in the famous Treble-Treble cup final between the Hoops and the Edinburgh side. On that day, Hickey impressed after being able to keep player of the season for that year, James Forrest reasonably quiet.

He also played 33 games, last campaign. However, it was a less than successful one for Hearts with them being relegated to the Championship.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Celtic try and tempt Hickey back to Glasgow but they will have to move fast if they want to secure his services, due to the interest in the left-back.



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