Neil Lennon has a number of young players on his books at Celtic in the 2019/20 season, as they look to win yet another Scottish Premier League title.
One of the youngsters that the Celtic supporters have high hopes for is Jack Aitchison, who is spending this year’s league campaign out on loan with League Two side, Forest Green Rovers.
Aitchison couldn’t have asked for a better start to life with Forest Green as well, as he netted the winner against Cambridge United at the weekend.
This is isn’t the first loan spell of Aitchison’s career, but he’ll be keen to make a name for himself away from Celtic, in the hope that he can stake a claim for a regular starting spot with the Scottish giants in the future.
Aitchison spent last season on loan with Dumbarton, before moving to Alloa Athletic, where he only found the back of the net once in his brief spell with the club.
The 19-year-old has already played for Celtic’s first-team though, as he made three appearances for them early into his professional career with the Scottish side.
But it was clear to see that the youngster needed a loan spell away from Scotland to further his development in senior football, as he wouldn’t have been a regular starter for the Bhoys.
The likes of Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie are likely to be ahead of Aitchison in the pecking order at Celtic Park, so a loan move this season is definitely the best move for both parties involved.
It only took Aitchison 11 minutes to open his account for Forest Green as well, and if he can build on this impressive performance, then he’ll definitely return to Celtic a better player.
It’s easy to forget that Aitchison is still only 19, especially as he made his Celtic debut so early into his career.
But for the majority of young players, a loan spell in senior football is the right way to further their development ahead of a return to their parent club.
He’s got all the right attributes to succeed at Forest Green in League Two this season as well, and it’s going to be a season that Aitchison will hope can improve him as a player.
He’s hungry, keen to succeed and make a name for himself as soon as possible which is exactly the type of player that could thrive with Celtic in the near future.