Celtic's Jack Aitchison impresses again with Forest Green
Jack Aitchison produced yet another fine display on loan with Forest Green Rovers yesterday at Salford.
Aitchison has already gotten off the mark for his new club with a debut goal against Cambridge United earlier on this month. He’s gone on to feature in four further outings. However, heading into their match with Salford yesterday, Forest Green hadn’t scored in their previous two matches.
But Aitchison produced a starring display to bag a couple of assists to put the game beyond the Manchester-based club in a 4-0 rout. It was also a victory that sees Aitchison’s side move up to fourth. They’re now just one point off the top of League Two.
For Aitchison personally, it was his fifth consecutive run-out for the club. It also continues a five-match unbeaten run with Forest Green too. Already, it appears as though he’s tearing it up with his new side.
Aitchison has yet to add to his debut goal when it comes to personal efforts. However, judging by some of the reaction to yesterday, he had another stormer all-round.
I completed the 92 at Salford v Forest Green. The visitors were easy 4-0 winners, you can tell they are two or three seasons ahead of Salford. 19 year old Jack Aitchison (number 29) for Forest Green, on loan from Celtic, ran the show
— Colin Podge (@colinpodge) September 29, 2019
Senior football will hopefully see Aitchison come back a better player
Even at this early stage of his loan spell, it’s already been the most productive one he’s had. Spells at Dumbarton and Alloa Athletic respectively did nothing for him. It’s clear he’s thriving more in the English League Two division.
First of all, it will be hoped that Aitchison manages to bulk up his strength down in England’s lower leagues. That will surely be a priority if he’s to one day compete in the Scottish Premiership.
But Forest Green will surely just be the first step for Aitchison. It’s unlikely he comes back here in the summer and competes for a place in the side, regardless of how well he does this season.
What he can do, however, is attract more admirers. A better standard of club at which he can truly test himself and prove to Celtic that he has something to offer us.
His run of five consecutive starts bodes well for him this season. Already, his spell has been a huge success, and he’s clearly impressing consistently down there.
With Forest Green going for promotion this season, it also looks as though he’ll have a taste of a title/promotion chase too. It’s exactly the kind of mentality Celtic will want their man to experience at this level.
But it’s only a start. Granted, it’s a good one, but there’s still a long way to go for the youngster.