CELTIC are one of four clubs keeping tabs on Hearts teenager Aaron Hickey.
The champions allowed the player to quit their famed academy to go to the Tynecastle outfit in July 2018.
They insisted on a 30 per cent sell-on fee if the 17-year-old left the Edinburgh side. The club’s scouts have continued to monitor the progress of the defender who made one of his first starts for the Jambos in last season’s Scottish Cup Final where Neil Lennon’s men came back from a goal down to triumph 2-1 with strikes from Odsonne Edouard.
Manchester City were linked with a £1million move before the January transfer window while Crystal Palace and Southampton have also had the international prospect scouted.
Hearts have insisted there will be no bargains at the capital club, but the lockdown brought about by the coronavirus may have changed their position, according to a report in the Scottish Sun on Sunday.
They have requested their players to take a 50-per-cent pay cut and that has alerted clubs to a possible bargain deal in the summer.
Hickey could even be a free agent if the team cannot afford to pay his wages in the coming months.