Scotland Star Aaron Hickey has opened up about his exit from Celtic to join Hearts.
The 20-year old who now applies his trade at Brentford has embarked on a successful career since leaving Scottish football after a brief spell at Bologna led to top tier of English football.
Hickey was subbed on during Scotland’s 3-0 victory over Ukraine on Wednesday evening at Hampden and will be likely to start against The Republic of Ireland on Saturday after Everton star Nathan Patterson sustained an injury.
The current Brentford man made his debut as a 17-year old substitute for the Jambos in season 2018/19 at Pittodrie before making his first start just over a week later at Celtic Park.
Although a boyhood Hoops fan, Hickey had some mates amongst the away support to see him make his first competitive start although his Dad opted to remain in the home end at Celtic Park.
“The manager thought I did okay against Aberdeen, so he put me in for the Celtic game at Parkhead in front of 60,000,” said Hickey speaking to the official Brentford website.
“That was class – I loved every minute of it. It was a sell-out at their stadium. I remember getting cramp during the last half an hour!
“I had a few of my pals in the Hearts end and I think my dad was in the Celtic end!”
His career at Celtic wasn’t going anywhere before he swapped the green and white hoops for the Maroon of Hearts who he is grateful for the opportunity given to him to shine.
“I started off at Hearts when I was really young – I would’ve been around ten when I joined and I stayed until I was 12.
“Then I went to Celtic because it was my boyhood club. I went there for a good four years.
“Celtic offered me a contract, but I wasn’t playing much. I thought there would be a better opportunity for me to play at Hearts.
“Being young, you have to play football. You have to make the right decisions.”
Hickey has not looked out of place since making the move to the Premier League this summer as his side find themselves 9th in the table on the same points as Liverpool.
There is still plenty of years left in his career and it will be fascinating to see how his career continues to progress.