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  • Jack Aitchison pledges his future to the Hoops

    Jack Aitchison pledges his future to the Hoops

    By: Newsroom Staff on 29 Apr, 2016 16:33

  • JACK Aitchison just turned 16-years-old just last month, but the young striker who helped the Under-17s lift the Glasgow Cup  with a 4-0 win over Rangers last night at Ibrox is celebrating yet again after signing a three-year contract with the Hoops.

    The Celtic Youth Academy prospect just turned full-time in February after being part of the St Ninian’s school programme operated by the Hoops and his new contract with the club, which starts in July, will take him through to the summer of 2019 at the earliest.

    The Fauldhouse youngster was knocking on the door of the Development Squad even as a 15-year-old and recently scored a double in a 4-0 win over Ross County as the champions maintained their unbeaten run in this season’s campaign.

    One of a number of Celtic Under-16 players who featured in the three-in-a-row Glasgow Cup win last night, the Scotland Under-17 internationalist recently told the Celtic View:  “I still have a long way to go with a lot to learn and a lot to experience.

    “It’s a massive step up, but I have just tried my hardest and worked my socks off.  I’ve just gone full-time after leaving school and if I keep working hard hopefully I can get more chances with the Development Squad.

    “At the start it was hard but I’ve been building up my strength and speed. Training with the boys every day has been great but it’s still hard.

    “It’s difficult both physically and mentally. You need to think sharper, faster and also do everything else quicker but I think I’m coping okay.

    “I was worried it was going to be a big jump but my progression has been okay and I feel better about myself – faster and stronger.”

    He added: “It’s a great experience training with the first team and playing alongside them with the Development Squad, but it’s all about playing against first-team players in the league and getting to know the game.

    “This time last year I was playing at Under-15 but now I’m playing at Under-20. It’s weird when you think about it but I suppose it’s down to the hard work and what I’ve done to get here.

    “It’s odd to be playing with the first-team guys then end up cleaning the boots at the end of training, but it keeps you grounded.”

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