Celtic's Jack Aitchison looks ready for big time with impressive scoring stats

Jack Aitchison of Celtic celebrates scoring during the UEFA Youth Champions League match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park on February 10, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The teenager has produced the goods time and time again for the Celtic development team and should look to be pushing for more senior action.

Jack Aitchison of Celtic scores during the UEFA Youth Champions League match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park on February 10, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic teenage sensation Jack Aitchison, 17, has been putting his hand up for selection in Brendan Rodgers' first-team with a run of stunning performances. 

In May 2016, Aitchison became the youngest ever Celt to represent the club in a competitive fixture, making his debut aged 16 years and 71 days. With his first touch of the ball, the teenager slotted home a goal, announcing himself to the Celtic fans as he also claimed the record for youngest player to ever score for the club. 

Since then, Aitchison has gone on to earn a further two appearances for the Hoops, but he has mainly been plying his trade with the development side in wonderful fashion. 

In a tough UEFA Youth League group which featured Anderlecht, Bayern Munich and PSG's youngsters, Aitchison shone, despite Celtic only winning two of their six fixtures.

Celtic pose for a team photo during the UEFA Youth Champions League match between Celtic and Valencia at Celtic Park on February 10, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

This season, across 15 games in the SPFL Development League and UEFA Youth Leagues, the Celtic talent has bagged an impressive 10 goals and four assists in 15 appearances, demonstrating both his versatility and unselfishness as a player; a great sign for one so young. 

There are echoes of his current Celtic youth coach Shaun Maloney in his game who also broke into the Celtic senior team as a teenage forward and enjoyed a successful career at Parkhead. 

With the perfect mentor in Maloney, who is no doubt relaying just how big a talent he is to Rodgers, should the club decline to keep Odsonne Edouard beyond his current loan deal, Aitchison's performances definitely warrant a place in the Celtic squad next season.

Shaun Maloney of Celtic celebrates after scoring during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League  match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park on September 11, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland.

In fact, with Celtic seemingly cruising to a seventh consecutive league title, there may even be an argument for exposing the youngster to more senior football in the latter stages of the current campaign. 

Aitchison is set to turn 18 in March and could undoubtedly handle the physicality of the Scottish league. Hoops fans will be hoping to make as much use of his talents as possible, and hope that he can impact the first-team rather than fall away and be picked up by another Scottish club like so many Celtic youngsters before him. 

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