Barry Hepburn, a 16-year-old winger for Celtic, is reportedly flying to Deutschland on Thursday to meet with Bayern Munich and formally ink a deal with the Bavarians. According to the German outlet, the deal for Hepburn, who has starred for the Celtic U-18 squad, “should be fixed.”
In addition, Sport Bild quoted a report from the BBC, which states that Bayern Munich’s long flirtation with fellow Scot Aaron Hickey could finally culminate in a deal. Hickey, a defender for Heart of Midlothian FC is expected to also arrive at this week. There is competition for Hickey, however, as the 18-year-old defender has already visited FC Bologna and was “apparently impressed by the Serie A club.” Hickey features mostly as a left-back, but does occasionally slide over to right-back and even sometimes to center-back, where he does not have prototypical height for the position (5-feet-7 inches / 1.75 meters).
With central defender Liam Morrison already in tow, Bayern Munich has truly made inroads to raiding Scotland’s burgeoning talent base. As always, anything can happen between now and the end of the week, but Hepburn’s meeting in Munich should be the final step in the process for a move. Both Hepburn and Hickey would be expected to join the amateur or youth ranks rather than the first-team.
Clearly, should the trio of Scots progress to the first-team, it will ensure that Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga opponents will no longer get off...“Scot free.”