Championship side Barnsley have signed Celtic youngster Jack Aitchison on a three-year deal this afternoon.
Aitchison had struggled to break into the Hoops first-team after making his debut back in 2016 under Ronny Deila. He would only go on to play for the club on another two occasions after becoming the club’s youngest ever scorer against Motherwell.
✒️📄 We are pleased to welcome @JackAitchison7 to Oakwell on a three-year deal.
— Barnsley FC (@BarnsleyFC) October 5, 2020
Speaking to Barnsley’s official website after sealing the move, Aitchison was unsurprisingly full of excitement:
“I was excited to get down here and get the deal done. As soon as I knew there was a chance of coming to Barnsley, I didn’t have to think twice.
“This is a good club where I know I’ll be able to improve and develop my game.”
Barnsley have announced that the young striker will immediately go out on loan to a League Two club – the same division he played in last year when on loan at Forest Green Rovers from Parkhead.
The right move
This was most certainly the right move for all parties. It’s been clear for some time that Aitchison just hasn’t managed to reach the level necessary to make a sustained impact at Parkhead.
Looking at the pecking order when it comes to centre-forwards, Aitchison will have seen at least five or six rivals ahead of him. Considering he’s now 20 years of age, the time is right for him to go looking for regular football.
Loan spells in the past with the likes of Dumbarton and Alloa didn’t bear much fruit. However, a successful spell on loan with Forest Green last season has proven that he has what it takes to develop down south.
Aitchison has spent his entire career in the Celtic development system, so it’ll be intriguing to see how he fares down in England. But all credit to him for recognising that it was a move he needed to make.
We at 67HailHail wish Jack all the very best with his new club.