Report: Mark Warburton joins battle for Rangers-linked Aaron Hickey

Mark Warburton manager of Queens Park Rangers  celebrates after they score a second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Queens Park Rangers at Bet365 Stadium...

Rangers face a new battle for Ibrox-linked Aaron Hickey.

25th May 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Football Cup Final, Heart of Midlothian versus Celtic; Aaron Hickey of Hearts takes a shot at goal

According to the Daily Record, Rangers will face new competition in their attempts to bring Aaron Hickey to Ibrox, with Queens Park Rangers now wanting the Hearts talent.

Hickey, 17, started out with Hearts before briefly heading to Celtic, only to return to Edinburgh with Hearts once again in 2018, with the Bhoys putting a 30% sell-on clause into his move.

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The left back – who can also play at right back or centre back – has emerged as a first-team star at Tynecastle, developing rapidly under Craig Levein.

 

Earlier this week, The Scottish Sun reported that Rangers' new director of football Ross Wilson has eyed Hickey up as his first target at Rangers, having targeted him at former club Southampton too.

A £2million fee was mentioned, but Rangers now face a new battle for the teenager, with their former manager Mark Warburton now hoping to lure Hickey to QPR.

It's believed that QPR scouts will be watching Hickey against Rangers today, and the R's are weighing up a £1.5million bid to sign the defender in the upcoming January transfer window.

Mark Warburton manager of Queens Park Rangers  celebrates after they score a second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Queens Park Rangers at Bet365 Stadium...

Warburton has already had Hickey watched three times, meaning QPR's interest seems pretty serious already, and seeing how he gets on against Steven Gerrard's Rangers side will be key.

Gerrard himself has allegedly played down a move for Hickey, but if Rangers are trying to keep a move quiet, they'll face a battle with their former boss in the race for his signature.

Aaron Hickey of Hearts holds off Karamoko Dembele of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park on May 19, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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