Celtic coach says entire U17 squad deserve credit; not just Aitchison and Johnston

Celtic's Jack Aitchison scores their seventh goal

Celtic have some very exciting youngsters coming through the ranks.

Celtic's Jack Aitchison scores their seventh goal

Celtic under-17 coach Michael O’Halloran has been speaking to the club’s official website after his side concluded their season with a 5-0 victory against Hamilton Academical on Sunday.

Not for the first time 16-year-old striker Jack Aitchison was the star of the show with a hat-trick and O’Halloran mentioned both him and his teammate Michael Johnston while noting the importance of the entire team for their achievements thus far.

General view of Celtic Park

“There will always be one or two that look like they’re shining that wee bit brighter because they’ve scored a hat-trick like Jack, or they’re doing what Michael Johnston’s doing, but it’s about absolutely every single one of them,” O’Halloran told celticfc.net.

Aitchison is one of Celtic’s most exciting young players and the forward got his first-team debut prior to Ronny Deila’s departure, scoring in a 7-0 victory against Motherwell during a 15-minute cameo.

He can expect more chances under new boss Brendan Rodgers and Johnston will be hoping to follow in his teammate’s footsteps after also impressing at under-20 level for the Young Hoops.

Celtic fans as New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented after the press conference

Both 16-year-olds will know there is a lot of hard work to be done before they can consider themselves first-team regulars and they are likely to continue their development at under-20 level before potentially heading out on loan to gain regular first-team football.

But whatever the future holds, it seems Celtic are in possession of two very bright lights who should, in time, play a significant role for the Bhoys.

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