Jack Aitchison proved to be derby hero for Forest Green Rovers yesterday, as he scored the opener in a 2-1 win at Cheltenham Town.
The striker scored his fourth goal for the League Two club in the derby against Cheltenham. With the game tied at 0-0, Aitchison played a neat one-two in the box with a team-mate before rifling home from close range. You can watch the goal for yourself here.
As well as that, Aitchison came close to creating a second with a fine delivery that wasn’t dealt with by the Cheltenham defence. Once again, it was another lively display from the on-loan Celtic striker.
Aitchison has found a purple patch too. Not only is it his fourth goal for the club, but it’s his third goal in three games. He’s scoring at a regular rate these days, and is developing nicely down south.
And his form has been recognised by the English press too. Gloucester Live, the local newspaper that covers Forest Green, nicknamed him the “Amazing Aitchison” and said the following about the Celtic striker:
“Aitchison has been a revelation for Forest Green since joining on a season-long loan from Scottish giants Celtic in the summer.
“The now 19-year-old is immensely talented and is playing at a level in League Two which will surely be the last time he plays at this low of a standard.
“His speed, matched with his dribbling, intelligence, eye for a pass and ability to find the back of the net, is something that has helped Rovers in the past three games. ”
Any recall should be dismissed for the time being
With Celtic’s injury problems in the striking position well-known, there’s the idea that we could potentially bring back Aitchison. This hasn’t been an idea put forward by the club. However, it’s surely a possibility if we get any more thin in terms of choices.
But Celtic have to resist this idea as much as possible. Aitchison is developing so well in League Two at the moment. It’s the first time in his career that he’s managed to string together consistent performances at senior level.
With Leigh Griffiths returning soon, there’s no big need to bring Aitchison back. All we would be doing is bringing him back to Glasgow to sit on the bench. Perhaps even not in the squad.
Ideally, we would get by just fine with Odsonne Edouard and Griff until Vakoun Bayo returns. Jonathan Afolabi is also available in reserve if things get seriously worrying.
But Aitchison is winning admirers with his performances. He’s now played 10 times for Forest Green. It’s a much better learning curve than he would’ve been able to have at Lennoxtown.
With the praise he’s been getting, he’s clearly in the form of his life. It’s best to leave him exactly where he is for the time being.