Jack Aitchison’s impact at Celtic hasn’t been as hard-hitting as he hoped it would be.
Aitchison remains Celtic’s youngest ever goalscorer in their history. He came on at 6-0 on trophy day against Motherwell back in 2016. He would then score with his first touch against the Steelmen, firing a low left-footed effort into the bottom corner.
From there on, many would’ve thought that over three years down the line we might’ve seen more of the youngster. Whilst Aitchison has been tearing things up at youth level, he’s also only made a further two appearances at senior level for the Hoops.
Loan spells at Dumbarton and Alloa Athletic also haven’t given him much to shout about. He’s scored just one goal in his 15 outings with both clubs combined. And, speaking to the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 06, Page 37), Aitchison revealed he wanted to be involved with the Celtic first-team by now after scoring his debut goal.
“It’s obviously a good achievement (being the club’s youngest ever goalscorer). I was hoping to be a wee bit more involved. But I’ve kept my head down. I’ve kept working hard and trying to score goals.
“I’ve been doing my job and that’s all I can do until the gaffer or the coaching staff see that I’m ready to come up again.
“(I have changed) a bit. I’ve been out on loan and that didn’t work out as good as I hoped it would. But it’s a learning curve. I feel like I use my body a bit better, so there’s that aspect. I feel a bit more physical and when I come up against physical players, I don’t really worry about it.”
Aitchison’s impact must be made elsewhere first
Aitchison is such a promising talent. He’s been tearing it up with Tommy McIntyre’s under-21 side for several years now. He has experience playing regular Reserve League football, UEFA Youth League football, and now Scottish Championship football.
But he’s still to really have a breakthrough run of games at senior level to help catch the eye of Neil Lennon. Given the options Celtic have up top, it’s difficult to see at the moment where Aitchison fits in.
Odsonne Edouard commands the lone-striker role at the moment. Leigh Griffiths, meanwhile, is also back with a big point to prove with three goals so far this season.
Outside of the star duo, Vakoun Issouf Bayo is still waiting in the wings for his opportunity to shine. So Aitchison will do well at the moment to get into the mix.
Another loan spell this season could do him a power of good, but he could also do with being for a full campaign. His short spells at Dumbarton and Alloa haven’t given him enough stability to make an impact. At Aitchison’s age of just 19, he still has plenty of time to make it here.
But first and foremost, Celtic have to make moves to find him a club elsewhere in Scotland for a full year.