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The Future Is Now Number 1: Jack Aitchison

Our new series of articles on Celtic's top youth prospects begins

Celtic v Valencia - UEFA Youth Champions League
Jack Aitchison celebrates scoring for Celtic in the UEFA Youth Champions League
Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images

We haven't written enough about the players in the youth system at Celtic since the blog began, but this changes with our new series of articles looking at the most promising youngsters at Celtic, beginning with Jack Aitchison.

Seventeen year old striker Jack Aitchison has already made history at Celtic. He became Celtic's youngest ever player when he came on as sub against Motherwell last May in Ronny Deila's last game in charge. He then became Celtic's youngest ever scorer when he scored with his very first touch.

The goal showed great poise from the then sixteen year old, he didn't panic when presented with the chance.

As you would expect, the goal was met with plenty of fanfare, but Celtic have not rushed Aitchison, his development has been quite slow, but he must be impressing the likes of Brendan Rodgers, as he made his second first team appearance against Hearts in January, winning a penalty that Scott Sinclair converted.

Aitchison has mostly been playing for the Celtic under 17 side, where he captained the side to Glasgow Cup glory last year, defeating Rangers 4-0 in the final, and he is also the captain of Scotland under 17s, who are on the verge of qualifying for the European Championship, in a rare bit of Scottish national team success.

It will be interesting to see if he is given some game time when the league title is clinched, Celtic could have up to eight relatively 'meaningless' league games and it would be an ideal time to play Aithchison, this is even more true if you counter in the rumours surrounding Celtic's main forwards...

Recently Kolo Toure proclaimed that Aitchison is one of the best players for his age that he has ever seen, so he obviously has supporters in high places at Celtic, and with a contract at the club until 2019, the club have faith in him.