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Welcome home: former Celtic midfielder returns to Forest Green on a season-long loan from Barnsley

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Jack Aitchison insists coming back to Forest Green felt like he had never been away.

The attacking former Celtic midfielder becomes new head coach Rob Edwards’ fourth summer signing, arriving on a season-long loan from Championship outfit Barnsley.

On his return to Forest Green, Aitchison told FGR Media: “Coming into the stadium it felt like I’d never been away.

“When I heard I would be going back out on loan there was only one place I wanted to be and that was here.

“I can’t wait for fans to be allowed back in and to play in front of them again.”

The former Celtic youngster previously played at The New Lawn during the 2019/20 season, making 30 appearances and scoring six goals. Aitchison played a pivotal role in his season at Rovers, which was curtailed by the pandemic – setting up Ebou Adams’ goal in his and Rovers’ last game, a 2-0 victory at Swindon Town.

Aitchison rose through the ranks at Celtic Park and at just 16-years-old, he scored on his Celtic debut with his first touch in a 7-0 victory over Motherwell.

A permanent move to Oakwell for the 21-year-old then materialised last October – before joining fellow League Two outfit Stevenage on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

Rich Hughes, Director of Football, said the decision to bring Aitchison back was an easy one, he said: “We’re delighted to be allowed to bring Jack back to the club.

“He was brilliant for us last time he was here and when the opportunity became available, it was a no-brainer for us.”

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