Former Hearts full-back Aaron Hickey says he is aware of interest from Celtic – but his sole focus is life in Italy with Bologna.

The versatile teenager burst onto the scene aged 16 at Hearts, making his debut against Celtic and featuring in the 2019 Scottish Cup final. He earned a move to Serie A with Bologna last summer and was recently nominated for the Golden Boy award.

Former Hearts star Aaron Hickey.

Former Hearts star Aaron Hickey could return to Scotland. (Photo by Massimo Insabato/Archivio Massimo Insabato/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

Hickey is regularly linked with a move back to Scotland and Celtic – where the full-back featured before Tynecastle – is often the linked destination. But while Hickey is ‘fully aware’ of interest from back in the UK, he insists he wants to keep his mind on Bologna, having impressed in his first season before it was ended by a shoulder problem.

He said (Sky): “Well I am fully aware that there has been interest. I can see it all – but I have just got to keep my head down and keep my full focus on Bologna just now.”

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