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EURO SHOCK SQUAD EYE HICKEY

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HEARTS kid Aaron Hickey has attracted the attention of Champions League shock squad Lyon.

The French aces, who stunned Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City 3-1 with two goals from ex-Celt Moussa Dembele in Lisbon last night and will now face Bayern Munich in the semi-final on Wednesday, have joined the chase for the ex-Scotland Under-17 international defender.

Coincidentally, the Bundesliga giants, who walloped Barcelona 8-2 in a remarkable clash on Friday, have also been linked with the former Celtic prospect while Bologna have already made a move.

Hickey, valued at around £2million, has already had a look around the Bayern and Bologna’s set-ups – but the Edinburgh side have yet to accept an offer for the attack-minded 18-year-old left-back who can also perform in midfield, according to a report in the Sunday Mail.

However, returning boss Robbie Neilson is bracing himself for some realistic bids for one of the country’s hottest talents.

The Tynecastle gaffer, who rejoined after leading Dundee United to promotion, wants his strongest squad available for the delayed Scottish Cup semi-final against city rivals Hibs in October as well as the kick-off to the Championship.

Hickey’s former Parkhead club are also monitoring the situation will not be drawn into an auction for the teenager they allowed to leave for Hearts with sell-on conditions.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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