When Ross Wilson took up his role as Rangers sporting director, you’ll remember then Hearts full-back Aaron Hickey had been earmarked as the first signing of his reign.

The Scottish Sun claimed that Rangers were eyeing a £2m move for the then 17-year-old with Steven Gerrard even fielding Aaron Hickey related questions in the press.

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Heading into the January window of 2020, the Ibrox gaffer poured cold water on the suggestion the Gers were interested.

“Lewis Gibson isn’t on the radar, it’s just speculation. The kid at Hearts, Hickey, is the same,” explained the then Ibrox gaffer.


Aaron Hickey would then move to Serie A with Bologna – in a deal said to be worth £1.5m – and the young Scottish left-back has been tearing it up in Italy ever since.

But now – in his new role as Aston Villa manager – ex-Rangers boss Steven Gerrard may well be fielding more questions on Aaron Hickey in the weeks ahead.

That’s after the former Ibrox gaffer was once again linked with a move for Hickey, who at 19, continues to develop promisingly in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

Ex-Rangers boss Steven Gerrard linked with Italian raid for Aaron Hickey

According to Tutto Mercato, Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa head a list of several Premier League clubs who’re interested in the young Scotland star’s services.

This comes after the youngster’s blistering start to the Serie A season, where Aaron Hickey has already netted four goals in 19 Italian top flight games for Bologna this season.

It’s an impressive return and the links come with Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa side said to be in the market for a left-back.

If the club do decide to plunge for Aaron Hickey, then it would be a sizeable boost to Rangers given the ex-Ibrox boss has been extensively linked to Borna Barisic ahead of the January window.

Speaking of talented young Scottish full-backs, the Ibrox side are reportedly in negotiations with one Premier League club regarding a top young performer of their own.

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