Jack Aitchison's Celtic career appears to have stalled in the last year, so perhaps a loan move could be exactly what he needs.
When Jack Aitchison burst onto the Parkhead scene with a first-team debut that saw him become both Celtic's youngest ever player and youngest ever goalscorer, it had appeared that Ronny Deila had almost sent a message to Brendan Rodgers that the then 16-year-old was a star that the Hoops could have extremely high hopes for.
However, two years later, Aitchison's Celtic career appears to have stalled somewhat. The 18-year-old did not play once for the first-team this past season, and now looks set to spend next season out on loan, with the Dundee Telegraph reporting that Dundee United are eyeing up a move for the teenage forward.
It may seem a bit extreme to suggest that there should be concerns about Aitchison's future, but Rodgers' apparent reluctance to use him in a side that often goes into the final portions of games well in front and therefore, has the freedom to make some more surprising changes, is perhaps an indication that he has not progressed as much as the Northern Irishman would like.
And when you consider that the Daily Record is now reporting that Celtic hope to agree a five-year deal with Odsonne Edouard, it does seem that a loan move could be absolutely vital for Aitchison's career if he does leave this summer.
The Dundee Telegraph reports that the Scotland under-19 international has one year remaining on his contract, so unless he has privately been told that there are plans to hand him a fresh deal, he may also be wondering this summer what his future may hold.
If there are any concerns regarding whether he is good enough to make the grade at Celtic, then a loan move could perhaps prove a make or break scenario for Aitchison as if he is unable to score goals or force his way into a second tier side, some will certainly write him off enjoying a successful spell with the Bhoys.
But if he goes away and scores regularly next season, perhaps any concerns that his critics or doubters may have may be alleviated and Celtic may feel more confident that he is a player that they should hold onto.