LEO HJELDE’S father has been talking about his son’s progress this season and the excitement surrounding next season at Celtic.

Leo took the opportunity to head out on loan to Ross County back in January to really test himself in the lower half of the table.

The Norweigan has been praised majorly by County boss Hughes and coaches at Celtic are very high on the defender.

Leo might only be 17-years old but he already has the attributes needed to begin to transition from youth player to first team squad player.

During the rebuild next season, it’s imperative we mix experience with youth and Leo has the potential to be a breakout star for the bhoys.

Speaking to T2, Hjelde’s father was excited about the prospect of Leo returning to Celtic in the summer and did confirm there has been interest from elsewhere:

“There have been several clubs over a long period.

“I do not know how specific it was, but there is a bit of interest when you play in a top league at the age of 17.

“Now he is excited to see what happens at Celtic. The club is currently led by John Kennedy, awaiting a permanent manager solution.

“It will be exciting with Celtic, we do not know who will come in as the new manager.

“He must be in good shape after the summer break and impress a new manager who has probably not seen him before. If he manages to play for Celtic when he is 17-18 years old, it is very strong.

I think it’s easier to play for Celtic, where you have the ball 70 percent of the time, than for Ross County.

“It is a physically tough league where you have to stand up for yourself.

“It has been the perfect challenge, he has really tried and been thrown to the wolves and fought for his life. It has been optimal.”

The praise the centre-back is getting right now is deserved but he appears to be keeping his feet on the ground and has the sort of mentality you want to see in an up and coming youngster.

Some players think they’ve made it before they actually make it. This lad looks like he’s putting in the graft.


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