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Celtic set to cash in from unexpected sell-on clause

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Celtic are set to rake in the cash with a 30% cut on the transfer fee of Aaron Hickey.

The defender was part of the Celtic Academy until July 2018 when he switched to Hearts where he ended the season playing against the hoops in the final of the Scottish Cup.

Manchester City and Southampton have been linked with Hickey with a £2m fee being discussed for the teenager whose deflected effort won the Edinburgh derby 10 days ago to take the pressure off Craig Levein.

The Sun reports:

Hickey rejected pro terms with Celtic at 16 for a return to Tynecastle — where he had been a youth player — in July 2018 but as a condition of allowing him to join the Jambos, the Hoops insisted on a 30 per cent sell-on clause in his contract instead of a modest compensation fee. Amid the deep disappointment of losing the youngster there was also a belief that Hickey could develop into a star.

The 17-year-old played three times against Celtic in his first dozen matches and appears to be equally comfortable playing in either full-back position.

His emergence over the last six months has been about the only bright spot at Tynecastle but it seems inevitable that he will move on in January with reports of bidding starting at £2m.

When he joined Hearts in July 2018 he signed a three year contract, despite now being a first team regular he is still on the same contract that he signed when he joined the club soon after his 16th birthday.

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