Celtic loanee Jack Aitchison's excellent run of form continues

By John Reid

November 9, 2019

Celtic loanee Jack Aitchison’s excellent run of form shows no sign of stopping. The Forest Green Rovers striker scored his fourth goal in four games with a goal in Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Billericay Town.

Aitchison has scored six goals since leaving the Hoops in the summer transfer window.

Playing first-team football regularly

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The move is the best thing that has happened to the player, who is only 19. He is getting football on a regular basis, which at the moment is not likely to happen at Celtic Park.

The interesting thing will be what happens to the player when his loan deal runs out at the end of the season, and he returns to Celtic Park.

He signed a contract at Celtic which will keep him at the club until 2021 back in 2018. However, now that he is playing and scoring goals on a regular basis, the question has to be asked – does the player have a future at Celtic, or will he decide to move on in order to get regular first-team football?

Manager will be watching player closely

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Neil Lennon will no doubt be watching Aitchison’s progress closely. Celtic are always on the lookout for attacking players, with strikers in particular at a premium.

When Aitchison returns to Celtic at the end of the season, he will have only one year left on his contract. Will he be loaned out again? That would likely indicate that the player has no future at Celtic. Neil Lennon will presumably discuss Aitchison’s future with the player when he returns to the club.

Perhaps a better indication of Aitchison’s future will come if he is involved in Celtic’s pre-season tour next season. Should he take part in that, the Aitchison might well still have a future at the club. For now though, all the player can do is keep finding the back of the net.