Former Celtic academy graduate Jack Aitchison has scored his first goal after leaving the club in October.
Aitchison’s time at Parkhead came to an end after bagging a terrific move to Championship side Barnsley. This came due to the fact Jack was way down the pecking order, and at 20, was in need of regular minutes.
Immediately after signing for Barnsley, he was sent out on loan to League Two Stevenage. This was no surprise given he impressed in the same league last season with Forest Green Rovers before Covid kicked in.
After four games with his new club, Jack picked up an injury that kept him out of action for around two months. But after playing the final half hour at Cheltenham yesterday, he found himself walking off with his first goal since February.
It’s a massive moment for Aitchison, who’ll be hoping this can be a breakthrough season.
Celtic fans will be pleased to see Aitchison on the goal trail
Stevenage boss Alex Revell was certainly pleased with Jack post-match. As quoted by the Evening Express, the striker was labelled a “top talent” and “real quality”.
However the Celtic supporters will be just as pleased with Jack getting back amongst the goals. He was an absolute hit with the development side in Glasgow. For long spells, he was looking like one of our next breakthrough talents.
Indeed, Aitchison became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer when he netted vs Motherwell in Ronny Deila’s last game in charge. But things never really kicked on from there with Brendan Rodgers totally revolutionising the club’s striking options.
A move away from Glasgow always looked the best option for Jack. However, even he’ll admit that it’s been a slow campaign for him so far. He won’t be looking for any loan moves after this. The Championship is a level Aitchison can definitely operate at. At 21, he has a glorious opportunity ahead of him.
So it was great to see him getting back in amongst the goals yesterday. This looks like it could be the year he truly announces himself as a senior talent.