Charlie Nicholas offers some advice to Celtic youngster Jack Aitchison

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Jack Aitchison became Celtic's youngest ever scorer last weekend.

Charlie Nicholas has told the Glasgow Evening Times that Celtic youth prospect Jack Aitchison needs to take his chance at Parkhead.

Nicholas admits that he has not seen much of the 16-year-old in action, but he has been informed by Celtic’s youth coaches that the youngster has the talent required to make it at Parkhead.

The striker is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the Bhoys’ youth system.

And Nicholas said: “I haven’t seen much of the lad but I know people who have seen him and they say he’s got a chance.

"Now what is a chance? Well, people can go and spend big money on a striker and the boy finds he’s suffocated a little bit.

“But it can take you anywhere, getting that one chance.

“I was 17 and all of a sudden I lost the fear I had, it just went. I embraced it and all I’d say to every kid who comes in here is look at the players beside them and ask questions.

"With all the respect in the world, I will never get too excited about defenders. Kieran Tierney has done brilliantly but it’s striker who score goals and get people off their seats who I want to see.”

Aitchison has been one of the standout performers for Celtic’s development sides this season, but it was his display on debut in the first team which raised the most eyebrows.

Aitchison netted with his first touch in a Celtic shirt, to become the youngest ever goalscorer for the Glasgow club.

Aitchison was handed his first appearance for Celtic during their match against Motherwell, which they won 7-0.

If Aitchison does make the grade at Celtic, he will join the likes of Kieran Tierney and Callum McGregor, who have progressed through the Bhoys’ youth academy to become first-team players.

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