Jack Aitchison’s goal and performance in the Glasgow Cup final blew some fans away last night.

The striker is currently on a six-month loan at Alloa Athletic. But he’s also been producing for the reserve side this season too.

Jack Aitchison is a regular in these big-game fixtures at youth level (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Last night, he once again threw himself into prominence with a terrific strike in the Glasgow Cup final against Rangers. He bagged the opener of the 3-2 success at Celtic Park, taking an Armstrong Oko-Flex pass and cutting inside before lashing home.

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Aitchison was a terrific outlet throughout the first 50 minutes. His hold-up play, composure on the ball, and even his burst of pace at times were mightily impressive. He, unfortunately, had to come off with a knock on 50 minutes, but his impact had been felt. And, reacting on social media to his performance last night, some supporters were taken away by the striker.

 

Scoring at youth level is never a problem for Aitchison

Aitchison has been ruthless over the years in our youth ranks. Whether it be with the under-18s or in the reserve league, he’s been a clinical finisher below senior level.

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In his Celtic debut nearly three years ago against Motherwell, the forward scored with his first touch. Since then, however, he’s only had two further substitute appearances for the Hoops.

But the youngster has had his first two loan spells of his career this season. A short-lived spell at Dumbarton reaped just four appearances and zero goals. His second loan spell, this time at Alloa, however, has been much more productive. He’s managed 11 outings for the Wasps and even bagged his first senior goal of the season at Partick Thistle last month.

Aitchison has always been a ruthless scorer at youth level (Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

His main goal now will be helping to fire Alloa to Championship safety. They have one final league game at Ayr United on Saturday. Three points there will surely seal safety given how tight the bottom of that division is. One point at the weekend, however, could mean a relegation playoff match.

Aitchison has plenty to play for this weekend, and his mind must turn to that. When he returns, it will once again be time to evaluate his standing at Parkhead. He continues to show immense promise at just 19 years of age.

But any consistent game-time in the Celtic first-team still looks a bit away.

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