Only a few months ago Hearts defender Aaron Hickey was being linked with a £2m move to Rangers [Scottish Sun].

Only this weekend the 17-year-old full-back was getting battered 5-0 at Ibrox.

Hickey was bullied by Morelos for Rangers’ opener and was sleeping as Sheyi Ojo robbed the defender for the Ibrox side’s fourth.

Hearts’ full-back Aaron Hickey has been linked with a move to Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was also on his side that Joe Aribo found space to square it to Ryan Kent for Rangers’ second.

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Whilst it’s a fair point to suggest there is far too much pressure on a young player’s shoulders given the ongoing mire Hearts find themselves in, his performance proves one thing.

Hickey is not yet ready to take the step up to working at a club like Rangers.

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There’s little doubt about the young full-back’s ability and with the likes of Manchester City said to be tailing Hickey you imagine his future will one day lie at a higher level.

But at the moment the youngster still has to be playing and must be better managed if he’s to fully reach his potential.

A move to Ibroxmay well come too soon for Hickey and on the evidence of his showing against this weekend his confidence is shot.

Aaron Hickey struggled to cope with the quality of Steven Gerrard’s side during the 5-0 humbling at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was always going to be tough for managerless Hearts to come to Ibrox and leave with something more than a scolding.

But for those fans in attendance, they left with further evidence that there’s much work to be done before Aaron Hickey would be ready to play for Rangers.

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