Celtic youngster Jack Aitchison has been discussing his first goal for loan club Forest green Rovers. The 19-year-old smashed home the winning goal as Forest Green secured a 1-0 win over Cambridge United over the weekend, just 12 minutes after coming on as a substitute.
It was a dream start to life at The New Lawn for the player and he spoke to BBC Gloucestershire’s Matchday: Extra Time about the goal and his future plans.
“I found a little pocket, cut in, saw a little gap at the near post and just smacked it. Luckily it’s hit the post and went in…
“We got (Vakoun) Bayo, (Leigh Griffiths) Griff, and (Odsonne), Edouard. They’re all fantastic players. Just watching them at training makes me learn and hopefully, I can try bring it here, keep moving up and get m place in the first-team soon…”
But he also had to field a question about the food at Forest Green. The League Two club are run by green energy industrialist Dale Vince. The eco-warrior has installed solar panels, a solar-powered lawnmower and several other ecologically friendly initiatives since taking charge at the club in 2010.
That includes dietary changes. The club is all-vegan, not serving any meat, dairy or animal products at the ground. It likely makes a big change from the food on offer on loan at Alloa Athletic last season. The Celtic striker admits that the food might take a little getting used to.
“I think before anybody said good luck they kept asking about the food. I’ve tried a little bit and I think it will take a while to get used to.”
Based on his performance in his first appearance for Forest green, it does not seem to be having a negative impact on his game. Who knows? Maybe a change in eating habits could take his game to the next level and help him achieve his goal of becoming a Celtic first-teamer.