Celtic youngster Jack Aitchison bags first goal for Alloa Athletic

By David Walton

April 21, 2019

Celtic youngster Jack Aitchison netted his first senior goal in nearly three years yesterday.

The forward is enjoying a loan spell with Championship outfit Alloa Athletic. In yesterday’s relegation tussle at Partick Thistle, the striker scored a fine effort as he curled home from the edge of the box to give the visitors the lead at Firhill.

Unfortunately, a swift second-half turnaround saw Thistle come back to win. That leaves Alloa just one place and one point clear of relegation-playoff positioned Partick. Incredibly, just three points separate the bottom four of the table, as the relegation drama rolls on in Scotland’s second-top division.

Jack Aitchison has consistently impressed at youth team level (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

But from a Celtic perspective, it’s important to see Aitchison bag his first goal with Alloa. The goal comes on his 10th appearance for the Wasps. It’s also his first since THAT Celtic goal against Motherwell in Ronny Deila’s final match in charge.

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This isn’t Aitchison’s first loan spell either. He was at Dumbarton for less than two months during the first-half of the season. He made four appearances there, but again failed to score in any of them.

Kicking on from this is huge

How he kicks on from this will be interesting. Once again, he’s taken youth level by storm this season with his goals in the reserve league. But the 19-year-old has so far struggled to take that form into senior football.

Another loan spell will surely beckon next season, regardless of the form Aitchison ends the season with. Chances up top will continue to be limited as Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, and Vakoun Issouf Bayo are all likely to be fit and available.

Aitchison needs to end the season positively (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Alloa only have two scheduled games remaining on the calendar. If Aitchison can help fire them to Championship safety, it could help the quality of clubs interested in his services come the summer.

Aitchison’s senior form is the only thing holding him back. Yesterday was a massive step for him, even if the result didn’t go Alloa’s way.

Hopefully, it’s the goal that spurs him on and gives him the confidence needed to unlock the crazy potential the striker has.