COMMENT

Celtic’s 18-year-old striker Jack Aitchison could well be a Hoops mainstay for years to come, and Brendan Rodgers must start giving him a chance in the first team.

Aitchison showed his class with two goals for Scotland in the under-19s 2-0 win over the Netherlands, and he has scored goals for the Hoops development team in the UEFA Youth League this season.

The big problem that the youngster might have is getting game time for the Hoops.

After making his Hoops debut in May 2016 and becoming the Hoops’ youngest goalscorer of all time against Motherwell, he only made two appearances last season.

This season, despite the injuries and lack of form affecting the likes of Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths, Aitchison has yet to make a single appearance for the Hoops.

Brendan Rodgers must consider giving the player some match time once the Hoops have clinched the league title, when the pressure is off the team and they can play with a bit of freedom.

Aitchison seems to have the qualities that every striker needs – he knows the way to goal, a trait which he has had since he was 16-years-old and scoring on his debut for the Hoops.

If he wants to become one of the few youngsters to really make it at Celtic Park, he needs game time, and he should be given the chance this season.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops could lose up to three attacking players in the summer 

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