Celtic striker Jack Aitchison: Kolo key to realising my dream of becoming the next Henry

Celtic striker Jack Aitchison: Kolo key to realising my dream of becoming the next Henry

Celtic starlet Jack Aitchison has revealed that he wants to emulate Thierry Henry’s success after receiving advice from another Arsenal invincible in Kolo Toure.

Toure was recently appointed as Celtic’s technical director after ending his playing career at the club and the 36-year-old has passed on some useful advice to talented young forward Aitchison, who is an Arsenal supporter.

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Aitchison told the Evening Times: “Kolo is probably the biggest help to me at Celtic. He’s the nicest guy you will ever meet. He’s very down to earth and he speaks away like a normal person. You wouldn’t know what he’s achieved in his career.

“He’s trained with Thierry Henry, so he’s been trying to tell me what he used to do – the movements he’d make in games. If you’re learning from guys like that, it’s going to be beneficial.

“Funnily enough, I’m actually an Arsenal fan. Me and my dad both support them. So I have watched [Henry] on the internet and YouTube just to see how he played. He was unbelievable.

“I wouldn’t mind following in his footsteps with the way he played and the way he scored goals. To do that I will need to work hard.

Thierry Henry scored 228 goals for Arsenal.

“I have spoken to Kolo a couple of times about being in the Invincibles team and about guys like Henry and Robert Pires. He told me they were all brilliant trainers who didn’t just do it in games. Training is a big part of it too.

“You have to show the manager what you have got if you want to have a chance to play games for the first team and that’s something I’ll always keep in mind.”

Despite being just 17, Aitchison has already featured for Celtic in the Scottish Premiership on several occasions and found the net in a 7-0 thrashing of Motherwell in 2016 when he became the club’s youngest ever competitive goalscorer.

The prospect will have to be patient for further opportunities to impress but he is very highly rated within the club and has gained a vast amount of experience playing for Scotland at U17 level.

Matching Henry’s achievements certainly won’t be an easy task but Aitchison’s first step will be to continue to impress for Celtic at youth level and edge closer to becoming a major part of the first-team set-up.

Celtic’s youngest post-war players

5. John McCluskey – 16 years, 339 days – versus Jeunesse Esch, 1977

4. Roy Aitken – 16 years, 304 days – versus Stenhousemuir, 1975

3. John Kennedy – 16 years, 231 days – versus Motherwell, 2000

2. Mark Fotheringham – 16 years, 204 days – versus St. Johnstone, 2000

1. Jack Aitchison – 16 years, 71 days – versus Motherwell, 2016

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