Scotland’s under-19s did as expected yesterday in a comfortable 5-0 win over San Marino. It was a competent performance from Billy Stark’s men. Two of the goals came from Celtic striker Jack Aitchison. There is no doubt this will be a massive confidence boost for the young attacker.
The 18-year-old has had a difficult season so far. The teenager was sent to Dumbarton in the summer. The aim was to give him the regular first-team football needed so he could develop into the star Celtic are hoping for. The talented frontman played in his first four possible games for the club before getting dropped. The loan deal was then cut abruptly short and Aitchison returned to Celtic.
Aitchison, of course, burst onto the scene during a clash with Motherwell in May 2016. He became the club’s youngest ever competitive player at 16 years and 71 days. He then scored with his first touch, adding the final goal in a 7-0 win for Celtic. But his last appearance for the Celtic first-team was against Partick Thistle in April 2017.
What he needs, is goals, regardless of the opposition. Bagging this brace will hopefully give him the confidence to get firing with the Celtic youngsters. If he can do that, he will soon be on the radar of Brendan Rodgers in the same way he was on predecessor Ronny Deila’s.