Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that there is indeed interest from England in Lennoxtown youngster Jack Aitchison.

Aitchison, who became the club’s youngest ever scorer after netting against Motherwell back in 2016, hasn’t featured for the Hoops first-team since 2017.

A report from the Yorkshire Post last week claimed that Championship side Barnsley were interested in taking the striker down to England. This comes after a successful loan spell with Forest Green Rovers last season in League Two.

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Jack Aitchison impresed with Forest Green Rovers last season

Jack Aitchison impressed with Forest Green Rovers last season (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

And Lennon has hinted that he would be open in doing a deal for the youngster after the likes of Lee O’Connor and Scott Robertson also departed on loan thi summer.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun regarding a potential loan switch (print edition, 13/09, page 61), Lennon said: “There is interest in Jack from England and it would be good for him to go and get game time.”

Too many obstacles between Aitchison and the first-team

Aitchison has to make a serious decision about where he now sees his long-term career. He has a contract at Parkhead which runs until the summer of 2021. Any chances of an extension looks to be dead in the water.

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The youngster has always been one to go out and get game-time whenever the opportunity has come up. He’s had previous stints with Alloa Athletic and Dumbarton in Scotland. However, his most productive campaign came last term with Forest Green.

Aitchison came back to Lennoxtown having played 32 times for the League Two side. Within that period, he contributed to 13 goals thanks to seven strikes and six assists. It was, by some distance, his best season yet in terms of personal development (Transfermarkt).

Jack Aitchison has come through the Lennoxtown ranks

Jack Aitchison has come through the Lennoxtown ranks (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The only thing that halted Aitchison from potentially winning promotion to League One was the current global health pandemic. Before that, Forest Green had a genuine shot at the playoffs.

The excitement of it all must surely have whetted Aitchison’s appetite. That’s what football is all about after all. It’s not about sitting in development squads at 20 years of age. It’s about getting out there and doing a job at senior level.

Aitchison is ready for that step-up to the senior ranks. However, it’s time to accept that it won’t happen at Parkhead. Any offer this summer will surely be accepted for his services, whether it be a loan or permanent. If you’re the young striker, you surely know what’s best for your career.

In other news, Gillingham boss Steve Evans has praised Celtic youngster Scott Robertson’s talent after his debut against Hull City on Saturday.

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