First Team

Hickey: I couldn't imagine it

23rd September 2019

Aaron Hickey has barely been able to believe the rollercoaster few months he has had.

After starting the Scottish Cup Final aged just 16, he has now become the youngest Hearts goalscorer in an Edinburgh derby ever.

"Last night going to bed, I just had to take it all in. Coming in today, I need to just get my head back in the game and focus on the game in Wednesday."

The full-back has already become a regular in Craig Levein's first team and has cemented his place in the history books with his Easter Road strike that sent all three points back to Gorgie.
"I just thought I’d take a touch forward, and then I saw the goal so I thought why not have a shot. Luckily it takes a wee deflection and goes in, so I can’t ask for more."

An iconic goal soon turned to an iconic celebration. No, he didn't copy Uche Ikpeazu's Lebron James-inspired silencer, but instead let his emotions overflow. In his own words, he described his celebration as: "just going mental".
"My mum and dad, all my family and friends were in the crowd so I was just thinking about them. Andy Irving was chasing me as well. I just ran over to the substitutes and just… went mental."

It doesn't seem like nerves get to the full-back and anyone who has tracked his progress could only agree. 
"The Scottish Cup Final was only my third appearance," Aaron reminisced. "Obviously, that was a massive game – to play in that, it’s settled me down. Going into the derby, I just thought ‘Same again. Massive game. Just try and do my best. Be relaxed, composed and help the team as much as I can."

To watch Aaron's interview in full on HeartsTV, click here.