By Matt Farr
Celtic have named teenage forward Jack Aitchison in their matchday squad to face Hearts on Sunday – and fans on Twitter have backed him to win them the title.
The 17-year-old was named on the bench in the absence of injured goalscoring duo Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths, as Celtic released their confirmed line-up on their official Twitter account prior to kick-off.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 2, 2017
Aitchison has once previously featured for Celtic’s first team this season, earning a brief cameo appearance in the 4-0 victory over their upcoming opponents back in January, where he bagged an assist.
He has been in impressive form for Celtic’s youth side this term, netting five goals from 12 appearances, and could get an opportunity to impress Brendan Rodgers amid their depleted goalscoring resources.
Rodgers is unable to call upon his usual third-choice striker Nadir Ciftci, with the Turkish forward currently out on loan at Pogon Szczecin.
But Celtic fans on Twitter are eagerly anticipating Aitchison coming off the bench to score the winning goal that sends them to a sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Aitchison to score the winner
— Paul (@PaulMc1995) April 2, 2017
5er on Aitchison to win us the league
— Declan McGuinness (@carfenian) April 2, 2017
@talkingbaws Have no fear, plenty of goals from midfield in that team 🙂
Plus, Aitchison to come off the bench at 85mins and score the winner. 😀
— Robert Wylie (@boabw) April 2, 2017
Aitchison to win us the league would be class
— Liam (@Liam67M) April 2, 2017
Jack Aitchison > Henrik Larsson
— Rikos (@Rikos67_) April 2, 2017
@celticfc As the only striker on the team sheet, why is Aitchison not starting? ????
— James Moir (@moirjames) April 2, 2017
Jack Aitchison with the league winning goal?
— markocooper (@markocooper) April 2, 2017
Celtic require a win against Hearts to take an unassailable lead at the top of the league and lift the league title.
Their imminent success comes as little surprise given their sheer dominance in the league this term, having gone the entire campaign unbeaten.
Their unbeaten record also stretches to domestic cup competitions, where they have won the Scottish League Cup, whilst they are also firmly on course to repeat extend their haul in the Scottish Cup.
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