Jack Aitchison’s form with Forest Green Rovers certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed by the local press.
Aitchison made it four goals in four matches as he bagged his fifth overall for the League Two club at the weekend. This included a strike against local rivals Cheltenham Town last week too.
But his latest performance came in the FA Cup first round against Billericay on Saturday. Aitchison managed to notch the third in the 4-0 rout, and you can view the goal for yourself on the FA Cup’s official Youtube Channel.
It was a fine right-footed finish by Aitchison, who continues to grow in confidence. And, reflecting on his performance overall, here’s what local outlet Gloucestershire Live have had to say about him:
“The on-loan Celtic star is really shining since moving to Nailsworth in the summer and on Saturday, he scored his fourth goal in four games. The Scottish attacker is a clinical finisher; rarely missing any opportunities he gets and at the weekend demonstrated that once again.
“Unfortunately for Forest Green, this means it is virtually impossible for the Nailsworth-based club to sign him on a permanent deal.
“However, Aitchison’s form, if continued, with his incredible talent, can definitely help Rovers in their bid for promotion to League One.”
Aitchison’s class is clearly above League Two level
You could see the thinking behind this loan move. After failed spells with Dumbarton and Alloa, Aitchison needed games somewhere. It was worth sending him down to see how he could cope in senior football alone.
But it’s becoming more and more evident by the week that he’s too good for League Two level. His loan deal is up in the summer, and already it looks as though he’ll be coming back with close to 20 goals under his belt.
Should Forest Green get promotion, you wonder whether it could be worth leaving Aitchison there for another year. League One or perhaps another Scottish Premiership team should be the next step for the youngster.
Aitchison himself has opened up on his Celtic ambition recently. He claimed that he wants to be a part of Neil Lennon’s squad next season (Scottish Sun). But League Two goals shouldn’t lead to a direct path into our squad.
It’ll be down to Aitchison to prove in the coming years that he can make the grade here. And, at the very least, another step-up in quality should be provided so that we can see where he’s really at.
However, make no mistake, he’s flying down south, and for the second time in two games, he’s received rave reviews from the local press (Gloucestershire Live).