Celtic youngster Leo Hjelde was thrust into the spotlight less than 24 hours after his loan switch to Ross County.

Hjelde has joined the Staggies until the end of the season, working under former Celtic defender John Hughes.

The 17-year-old started on the left side of a three-man defence against Rangers at Ibrox, hoping to do his parent club a favour.

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WhoScored shows he was then deployed as a left wing-back midway through the second half. He played the entire 90 minutes.

However, Steven Gerrard’s team were rampant on their own patch, smashing five goals past the beleaguered visitors.

Undoubtedly a tough start when making a professional debut, but the experience will serve Hjlede well.

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Celtic were unlikely to use Leo Hjelde

Given his age and lack of senior practice, Hjelde likely wouldn’t have played at all between now and the end of the season at Cltic.

Any minutes he gets on the pitch in the Scottish Premiership is a benefit to him.

Hughes using him immediately is a good sign he will play regularly.

Celtic youngster Leo Hjelde

Celtic youngster Leo Hjelde in action for Ross County / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Ross County are at risk of relegation and Hjelde will feel the pressure in their final 13 games of the season. Again that will be useful.

Hopefully, he enjoys better afternoons than this one and shows he can be part of Celtic’s future.

In other news, this is what the now out-of-work Rafa Benitez said about the Celtic job in 2019.

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