Rangers in advanced talks with 17-year-old promising left-back

New Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson will reportedly spearhead a move for Hearts left-back Aaron Hickey. The former Southampton recruitment chief was appointed as Mark Allen’s Ibrox replacement earlier on Monday. And it’s claimed to recommend pursuit of the U19 Scotland international will be among his first acts.

Ross had been tracking Aaron at St Mary’s, and he will now urge English tactician to sign the teenager during the upcoming winter transfer window. Hickey has enjoyed a rapid rise at Tynecastle, impressing in last campaign’s Scottish Cup Final and scoring a dramatic Edinburgh Derby winner at Easter Road in September.

The 17-year-old defender, a former Celtic academy prospect, is contracted to Hearts until 2021 and has previously been linked with Man City. Scottish left-back, meanwhile, is set to oversee major changes at Ibrox after accepting the job at the second time of asking.

The 36-year-old turned down the opportunity to join Rangers in 2017 but, having finally made a move back to Scotland, he can’t wait to get started. Ross said:  “I am delighted to be joining Rangers.

“It was important that both the club and I shared the same understanding of what this role is and what the football model and culture inside the club needs to look like going forward.