29 September 2020 06:35

Debutant Aaron Hickey, right, joins in the celebrations after Roberto Soriano had opened the scoring for Bologna.

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Aaron Hickey's Serie A debut for Bologna earns him an ovation from home fans

Roberto Soriano scored twice and set up another as Bologna beat Parma 4-1 in Serie A on Monday. Both teams were looking for their first points of the season after losing their opening matches. Soriano opened the scoring in the 16th minute when he headed in a corner at the back post. The Bologna midfielder doubled his and his sides tally in the 30th with a delightful curled effort into the top right corner from 20 yards out. Soriano turned provider 11 minutes into the second half as he raced down the field before rolling across for Andreas Skov Olsen to sweep in.

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Hernani pulled one back for Parma in the 67th but any hope it had of getting something from the match diminished nine minutes later when defender Simone Iacoponi was sent off for a last-man foul on Bologna forward Rodrigo Palacio. The referee initially awarded Bologna a penalty for that incident but then, on video review, deemed it occurred outside the box. Palacio scored the last goal, anyway, in stoppage time. mountroyalsoccer.com has highlighted the recent signing of young Scottish player Aaron Hickey, who finally joined Joey Saputo's Bologna last week (see; Hearts Starlet Off To Bologna). The Rossoblu promised the youngster first-team football which helped sway the 18-year-old's decision towards joining them and not Bayern Munich, who also hosted the player and his family a few months back.

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No sooner had the ink dried on Hickey's signature than he was making his Bologna debut in this evening's Derby dell'Emiliana against Parma. And it could hardly have gone better for the former Hearts starlet. Bologna triumphed 4-1, he played 80 minutes and was given a standing ovation by the Stadio Dall'Ara crowd of 1,000. The Impact's young centre-back Luis Binks will have been watching this one with interest, since Bologna is his destination at the end of the year, where he will be working hard to line up alongside Hickey in Serie A. Bologna have played two league games this season so far and have 3 points.

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Bologna's Aaron Hickey, left, controls the ball during his Serie A debut against Parma. Aaron Hickey enjoyed a winning debut for Bologna, helping his new club to a 4-1 home victory over Parma. The teenager turned in a composed performance at left-back in his first outing since his £1.8 million transfer from Hearts. The 18-year-old looked bright and energetic and posed an attacking threat as he helped Bologna to get off the mark in Serie A this season. Sign up to our Hearts newsletter The i newsletter cut through the noise Sign up Thanks for signing up!

He was occasionally on the end of some rough treatment by Parma and was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty in the first half. Hickey, who was courted by Bayern Munich before opting to join Bologna, was substituted on 79 minutes and received a rousing reception from the limited number of supporters inside the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara. The fixture is known as the Derby dell'Emilia and Bologna won the local skirmish thanks to two first-half goals from Roberto Soriano and second-half strikes by Andreas Skov Olsen and Rodrigo Palacio. Parma, who pulled a goal back through Hernani, were reduced to ten men with 15 minutes remaining following the dismissal of Simone Iacoponi. Aaron Hickey, left, celebrates with his new Bologna team-mates after Roberto Soriano's second goal. It was an impressive performance from Siniša Mihajlović's side who lost their opening Serie A match to AC Milan last week. Thank you for reading this story on our website. With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription. Debutant Aaron Hickey, right, joins in the celebrations after Roberto Soriano had opened the scoring for Bologna. Subscribe to scotsman.com and enjoy unlimited access to Scottish news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit now to sign up. Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. AARON HICKEY is set to make his Bologna debut this evening less than a week after joining the Italian side. The former Hearts star finally brought to an end to his summer-long transfer saga when he signed for the Rossoblu last week. 2 Bologna star Aaron Hickey And the 18-year-old has went straight into Sinisa Mihaljovic's starting line-up for tonight's clash with Parma. Hickey will become the fifth Scot to play in Serie A as a result, following in the footsteps of Denis Law, Joe Jordan, Graeme Souness and Liam Henderson. And facing him on the other side, former Rangers defender Bruno Alves will line up in his role as Parma's captain. It ensures that even aside from Hickey's debut, Scottish fans will have an extra reason to watch tonight's game. 2 Ex-Rangers star Bruno Alves in action for Parma Credit: Getty Images - Getty Bologna will be aiming to pick up their first win of the league campaign this evening. They suffered a 2-0 defeat to AC Milan in their opening game, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring both goals on the day. Rossoblu left-back Mitchell Dijks was sent off during the match, opening the door for Hickey to make his debut tonight. Meanwhile, Hearts have signed former Rangers star Andy Halliday on a two-year deal. The 28-year-old defender was a free agent after leaving the Ibrox club at the end of last season. And he will now aim to help the Jambos win promotion back to the Premiership. Announcing the deal on their website, Hearts said: "Robbie Neilson has bolstered his squad with the addition of Andy Halliday. "The vastly experienced utility man has penned a two-year deal at Hearts after leaving Rangers in the summer." Hearts boss Robbie Neilson added: "I'm really pleased to be able to bring in someone of Andy's experience and quality. "He's played top level football in Scotland and in the English Championship and was a mainstay at Rangers for years. "He's also got experience of the Scottish Championship so he knows what this level is about and, more importantly, how to win. I think he'll do well for us and I'm looking forward to working with him." Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football page Want the latest Scottish sport news sent straight to your inbox? Join thousands of others who have signed up to our Record Sport newsletter. Bologna took a cheeky swipe at Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney as Aaron Hickey enjoyed a Serie A debut to remember. The former Hearts star was handed a huge chance to impress and has duly delivered as his side smashed Parma at home. The Scotland captain's howler gifted Arsenal an opener in their Premier League blockbuster. But he recovered to calmly dink home Liverpool's second as the champions recovered to take a 2-1 lead. And while the two Scotland internationals traded blows at Anfield, Hickey was in dreamland on the continent. He went on to play 80 minutes in a 4-1 win and it left time for Bologna to aim a dig at the youngster's countrymen with a cheeky post on Twitter. Referencing the action in England, they wrote: "Imagine having a Scottish left back and conceding in the first half".

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