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What next for Jack Aitchison after ending Dumbarton spell early?


What next for Jack Aitchison after ending Dumbarton spell early?

Celtic’s youngest ever goalscorer has left his loan club after just five weeks.

Reports today are suggesting that Celtic youngster Jack Aitchison is back at Parkhead. The Scottish Sun reports that the 18-year-old has called time on his spell with Dumbarton to return to the Glasgow giants and continue his progression there.

It has certainly come out of the blue. The teenager played in four of four possible games for the club before missing the weekend defeat to Stanraer.

However, it seems he has decided to return to Celtic and could feature against Ross County for the reserves tomorrow.


The loan to Dumbarton was supposed to help Aitchison grow into a potential first-teamer for the Bhoys. So deciding to turn his back on the loan is certainly an interesting decision.

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.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Jack Aitchison of Celtic celebrates scoring during the UEFA Youth Champions League match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park on February 10, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

He also has a fine record with the Scottish youth teams, especially at under-19 level.

But his last appearance for the Celtic first-team was in the 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle in April 2017.

It seems Brendan Rodgers has not taken to him quite in the manner his predecessor Ronny Deila did. The options available up front have also been an issue. With the likes of the now departed Moussa Dembele, Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard available the teenager was always going to have to wait.

Hopefully, this decision is not going to have a detrimental impact on his eventual Celtic hopes. It would be a shame to see such a talent wasted at Paradise.

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