Neilson Predicts 1.5M Rated Celtic Target Could Seal Transfer In “Next Two Or Three Days”

Neilson Predicts 1.5M Rated Celtic Target Could Seal Transfer In “Next Two Or Three Days”

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson says he expects there to be movement on fullback Aaron Hickey’s departure in the next few days.

The 18-year-old was said to be one of Celtic’s key targets this summer, and with the incident involving Boli Bolingoli, it is believed the Scottish club are still on a lookout for another left-back.

However, despite interest from Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Old Firm rivals Rangers, it is thought that Serie A side Bologna are the surprise favourites to secure Hickey’s signature. Neilson says one offer (believed to be worth £1.3m) has already been turned down but they expect another bid very soon:

“We’re still waiting to see what happens. We had an offer come in that we knocked back and we’re waiting to see where it goes. It’s been a long, drawn-out process but we’re hopefully getting to the end of it now. But until it’s done, he’s still a Hearts player. From a personal perspective, as a manager, I would like him to be here because he has great quality, but I think things will be moving in the next few days.”

“He’s got a lot of experience and has played in big games and looked very comfortable in big games as well, hence the reason there’s been a lot of interest in him. We’ll see where it goes in the next two or three days.”

Back in January, it was reported that Hearts had slapped a £1.5m asking price on Hickey and the Edinburgh club are said to be keen on getting as much as possible. This is believed to be because Celtic already possess a 30% sell-on clause on the player after being developed at the Hoops’ academy.