Jack Aitchison has had a manic 24 hours after leaving Celtic for Barnsley

By David Walton

October 6, 2020

Jack Aitchison left Celtic for Barnsley yesterday, and has since signed for a third club whilst his new parent club’s manager departed for New York.

Aitchison, who spends his entire youth career at Parkhead and graduate at Lennoxtown, finally cut ties with the Hoops yesterday. He joined Championship outfit Barnsley, who just a few hours ago were managed by Gerhard Struber.

Barnsley announced yesterday that it was their intention to send Aitchison to League Two. As expected, that’s what happened today as he dashed to Stevenage to pen a season-long loan spell.

Jack Aitchison is back in League Two this season / (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

However, not even an hour after his move to Stevenage was announced, he saw the manager of the club who owns him walk out the door. Struber has instead moved to the New York Red Bulls to take on a new challenge.

Speaking to the official Stevenage website, Aitchison said: “It has been a chaotic 24 hours but I am just happy to be here now. I hope to come in, help the team, score some goals and help get us as high up the table as possible.”

Managerial change unlikely to be a big blow to Jack

Talk about a crazy 24 hours, but it’s unlikely that Struber’s departure from Barnsley has had any real negative effect on Aitchison’s chances there.

His deal to New York will clearly already have been in motion from the moment Aitchison to pen to paper. Considering Barnsley have immediately sent him out too, you suspect they view him as one for the long-term.

Interestingly, when commenting on Aitchison’s arrival to Barnsley, it was the club’s CEO Dane Murphy who spoke out about him – not the manager. So it could even be that Struber never had an awful lot to do with the deal in the first place.

Jack Aitchison as a youngster in the UEFA Youth League / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Aitchison’s goal will remain the same – have a successful season in League Two and prove that he’s a class above that level, just as he did last season with Forest Green Rovers. If he manages that then he’ll undoubtedly get opportunities at his new club, or at least a higher-level of loan move.

But what a 24 hours for the one-time Celtic prospect. Hopefully, things calm down for him a bit now as he looks forward to kicking on in League Two.

Stevenage are in action tonight against MK Dons, but Aitchison’s late arrival means he isn’t involved in the matchday squad.

In other news, one of Celtic’s Euro rivals has suffered a big transfer failure; but the Hoops shouldn’t be too comfortable.