Celtic youngster Jack Aitchison was handed his debut on Sunday afternoon by manager Ronny Deila and netted the seventh goal, in turn becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer at 16 years & 71 days old.
The highly-rated academy prospect, who recently signed a new three-year contract with the club, is regarded as one of the finest prospects in the club’s youth sides.
After he recently returned from Azerbaijan where he represented Scotland in the Under 17 European Championships, Aitchison trained with the Celtic first team over the weekend.
He was then included in the squad for the league finale game against Motherwell today and made history when he scored the seventh goal in an extremely convincing victory for the league winners.
The goal engrained Aitchison’s name in Celtic’s history books, after overtaking the previous youngest goalscorers for the club.
Prior to Aitchison, David McLean – at 16 years, 317 days in 1907 – was their youngest ever goalscorer across any competition, whilst Paul McStay – at 17 years, 100 days in 1982 – was the club’s youngest goalscorer in the league.
Manager Deila will be leaving his position as manager of Celtic following the home clash against Motherwell today, but may well have left the club with a fine parting gift in giving Aitchison his chance.