Serie A talent explains why he chose Italy over Celtic opportunity in 2020
Aaron Hickey has explained why he rejected Celtic and all other opportunities to sign for Bologna back in the summer of 2020.
The young Scotsman has had a rollercoaster first year in Italy after breaking into the team before requiring shoulder surgery. That was then followed up with reported interest from Celtic in the summer [Scottish Sun].
However, last summer wasn’t the first time we made a move for Hickey. The Hoops tried to bag him before he decided to move to the Serie A club [The Herald].
And speaking to Italian outlet Zerocinquantuno, Hickey has stated he didn’t have positive feelings when it came to any of his alternative offers:
“One of the main reasons (why I signed for Bologna) is that, when I came to visit, I had extremely positive feelings. Elsewhere, I didn’t feel the same things and this undoubtedly influenced my decision, making me understand Bologna has nothing to envy the top European clubs for. It was the right choice.
“It has been a good first year. I would say ‘different’ – a different environment, a different language, a different style of football – but I really like all of this.”
Aaron Hickey clearly doesn’t have his sights set on any potential Celtic move
You do feel that Celtic would’ve solved their left-back position months ago had we managed to secure Hickey. Even if his price tag was a touch high, it would’ve been ideal to bring him back to Scotland and make him a key part of the Ange Postecoglou era.
You could just imagine how much of a positive impact Postecoglou would’ve made on his game and, subsequently, his career.
Not that Hickey will feel like he needs saving. He’s having a superb second year in Serie A so far. He’s a regular in the Bologna first-team and has also recently been linked with a move to AC Milan in January [Daily Record].
You can’t turn around and say Hickey made the wrong decision. It looked a mistake at first to decide not to join Celtic back in 2020. However, he’s now thriving, and a move outside of Italy doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon.
Not that Postecoglou will even want more left-back options anyway. We have 3 natural players who can play in the position, whilst we have another in Josip Juranovic who’s comfortable in that area too. There are bigger priorities for us in the new year.
So credit to Hickey for the impact he’s made in one of Europe’s toughest leagues. It’ll be interesting to see if he ever does make it back to Parkhead one day.
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