Barnsley are in the market for Celtic youngster Jack Aitchison, according to the Yorkshire Post.
The newspaper believes that the English Championship club are looking to “line up” some new additions after the signing of Polish defender Michal Helik.
The Yorkshire Post has claimed that Aitchison is one of those targets, but they haven’t stated whether an offer has as of yet been put forward to the Hoops.
Aitchison impressed last season on loan with Forest Green Rovers in League Two. Despite his campaign ending early due to the global health pandemic, Aitchison contributed with six goals and five appearances (Transfermarkt).
Since arriving back at Celtic in the summer, the youngster hasn’t been seen around the first-team. Despite the Hoops having played a total of six competitive matches this season, Aitchison hasn’t been in any of the matchday squads.
Time is up for Jack – but the English Championship could do wonders
Unfortunately, Aitchison has simply never progressed into the Celtic team on a regular basis since his debut goal in 2016.
Indeed, Aitchison became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer at just 16 years and 71 days when he netted in a 7-0 mauling of Motherwell in Ronny Deila’s final game as manager (Daily Record).
Within the resulting four years since then, Aitchison has only managed two more appearances for Celtic at senior level, bagging one solitary assist. Previous spells with Alloa and Dumbarton haven’t pushed him closer to the first-team.
Aitchison also has only one year remaining on his Parkhead contract (Transfermarkt). Which means if Celtic are to get even a penny for his services, they would need to cash in now.
The English Championship could also be the making of Aitchison. He’s already proven he’s too good for England’s bottom tier of professional football, and the Championship also gives him a potential door to the Premier League in the future.
For now, there appears to be no official bid launched as of yet. But this could be one to watch as the window trickles on.