Hearts’ young full-back Aaron Hickey has received his first call-up to the Scotland U19 squad as his stock continues to rise.

The left-back has been selected for matches against Japan over in Spain. The 17-year-old broke into the Hearts first-team towards the end of last term, making a surprise start in the Scottish Cup final aged just 16.

A promising talent. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He held his own in that match and has gone from strength to strength since. Hickey more than deserves his call-up.

A big fee will land at Hearts’ door for Hickey

Against Motherwell in his most recent outing, Hickey was arguably the best player on the park, looking like he’d been strutting his stuff at Hearts for years.

Powerful runs up the touchline and extremely confident defensively, it was a flawless performance from the youngster. He hasn’t made many errors during his time in the senior Jambos side, which is quite remarkable.

Some pretty decent performances thus far. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He’s Hearts’ most promising youngster right now. The likes of Andy Irving and Harry Cochrane look great, but Hickey looks like he could play at a very high level at some point in his career.

Hickey will go for a seven figure fee one day. He is already performing brilliantly at such a young age and he’s only going to get better.

Despite his very impressive performance right now, a full season of professional football will only enhance Hickey’s development further.

The best is yet to come (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s a credit to him that he’s burst onto the national scene so quickly. The best is yet come from Hearts’ promising full-back.

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