By Alan Hutton

5th Aug, 2020 | 5:00pm

Exclusive: Pundit touts money-spinning Celtic signing as senior figure confirms Hoops offers

Alan Hutton has suggested that Aaron Hickey could be a money-spinning signing for Celtic if they revisit a move for the Hearts defender.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland star claims that Neil Lennon does not need the teenage left-back but that he could be a valuable asset in the future.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, former Hearts boss Craig Levein confirmed that the Bhoys have tried to sign the 18-year-old “half-a-dozen times” but that their offers were rebuffed.

The broadcaster report that the Jam Tarts value the teenage talent at £1.5million.

Hickey, who can play on either side of the defence, established himself as a first-team regular last season and played a total of 30 times across all competitions.

Hutton admits that Celtic are already well equipped at full-back but suggests that the potential sell-on value could make the Jam Tarts’ starlet a good signing nonetheless.

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Asked if he thought the Hoops would revisit a move for Hickey, Hutton told Football Insider: “I mean I don’t think they have to, I think they’re very strong but again, it’s a player that’s so, so young, he’s had a great breakthrough season.

“If they could get somebody like that, I think the potential sell-on is very good. It would be a good signing, I don’t think they need him but potentially to move forward and make some money, it would be a good signing.” 

Hickey has a total of 34 first-team appearances for Hearts to date but has just one year left on his contract at the club.

Celtic already have Greg Taylor and Boli Bolingoli at left-back, while youngster Jeremie Frimpong has emerged as Neil Lennon’s first-choice right-back.

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