Celtic youngster Jack Aitchison praised for Forest Green goal

By David Walton

September 8, 2019

Jack Aitchison’s debut goal for Forest Green Rovers against Cambridge United has brought him praise from manager Mark Cooper.

The Celtic youngster signed for the League Two side on a season-long loan just under a week ago. And, as he came on late during the second half yesterday, he buried home a debut winner.

The result pushed Forest Green into the playoff places in fifth place. But, more pertinently for Celtic fans, it was only Aitchison’s third goal in senior football. His last strike came with Alloa Athletic last season in another loan stint.

Jack Aitchison needs a consistent season (Lukasz Sobala/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

His instant impact at Forest Green, however, has brought some fine praise from manager Cooper. Speaking to Stroud News post-match, this is what he had to say on the Celtic man.

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“We got away with it really (at Cambridge). We thank our keeper for a great save and Jack Aitchison for being absolutely out of this world when he came on.

“He could’ve scored two, couldn’t he? He looked really sharp. Everything we thought about getting the timing right for getting him on – he won us the game.”

Jack Aitchison’s debut goal the perfect start

This is Aitchison’s third loan spell away from Celtic, and he’s yet to have a successful one. But the one thing he couldn’t achieve at both Dumbarton and Alloa respectively was a fast start.

Aitchison has outgrown the youth ranks (Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

He failed to score in his opening matches during both loan spells before being pushed down to the subs. He’ll be determined to make sure that doesn’t happen in his year-long loan stint in League Two.

What his goal gives him is something to build on. He can’t really say he’s had that during his two loan spells in Scotland. Therefore, it will be extremely intriguing to see how Aitchison kicks on from here.

Mark Cooper was pleased with what he saw from Aitchison (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Forest Green next host Colchester United on Saturday. Another goal or positive performance is a necessity for the young Celtic striker. But he shouldn’t be short of confidence after his fine start to life in England.

It’s a huge year for Aitchison, and it’s great to see that he’s started the campaign with a debut goal.