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Exclusive: McAvennie would be “happy” with Celtic signing Aaron Hickey

Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Frank McAvennie has told Celtic to sign former Hearts left-back Aaron Hickey this summer.

The Hoops currently have two left-backs on their books in Scottish international Greg Taylor and Diego Laxalt, who is on loan from AC Milan.

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But with the Laxalt set to return to the Italian giants next season, Celtic are going to need to bring in another full-back to fill the void left by the Uruguayan, who’s made 25 appearances following his move from the San Siro.

And the Parkhead outfit are targeting teenager Hickey, who is currently plying his trade in Serie A with Bologna, but is a Celtic supporter and recently hinted that a move to Glasgow would interest him.

McAvennie admitted that with Laxalt expected to head back to Milan this summer, Hickey would be a shrewd addition for Celtic should they move to sign the 18-year-old.

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“I tell you what, that would be a good move, he’s one for the future,” the former Hoops striker told Football FanCast.

“Would he walk into the Celtic team? Possibly. He’s a young kid, he’s going to get better. There’s not many Kieran Tierneys out there, that just step into the team. It’s alright doing it for Hearts, can he do it for Celtic? That would be the problem.

“Kieran Tierney came through and he was a young boy, Celtic supporter and by all accounts this boy is. Maybe that will get him through because he knows what it’s like. And don’t let anyone tell you that doesn’t make a difference because it does. I would be happy if he came, fight for a place.

Meanwhile, what has McAvennie made of Laxalt’s loan stint in Paradise?

I don’t think they’ll buy Laxalt, I really don’t, he added. “He hasn’t done enough. Coming to a club, you want to step into the team and cement your place, and he hasn’t done that.”

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