Celtic’s youngest ever goal-scorer, Jack Aitchison, is the target for Dundee United who wants the young Celt to join them on a season-long loan deal. According to words on the grapevine, the Tangerines see the 18-year-old as the perfect partner for recent signing Nicky Clark who just joined from Dunfermline.
Former Celtic player Scott McDonald has departed for Australia in hope of furthering his career in the A-league. McDonald who found the net 64 times for the Hoops in three season where he lifted one league title and one league Cup.
“It (an A-League move) has been on the cards or tried to be explored for the last couple of years, for one reason or another, it’s not happened up until now,” Skippy said.
“Realistically, it’s up to other people, it’s not up to me. They make the decisions of what they look for in their teams and salary caps and whatever else.
“That makes it difficult sometimes … certainly, if you’re asking me if I was interested to come home and play in the A-League, then most definitely yes.”
Aitchison’s transfer to Tannadice will, without doubt, add to his career while also highlighting the difficult path to the first team for centre-forwards at Celtic. Highly regarded by the coaching staff but he is behind the likes of Odsonne Eduoard, Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths in the striking pecking order – although French Eddie is yet to put pen to paper and there’s always talk of Moussa leaving.
That said, Celtic youth system is yet to produce an outstanding striker who can play regularly for several years. The club’s business model seems to be that they get their strikers from other clubs.
A move will see Aitchison hone his skills well in a tougher environment than the U20’s and will allow the coaching staff to make a more informed decision on his future.