Celtic youngster Leo Hjelde is hoping to prove he can be part of the club’s first-team next season while out on loan at Ross County.

The Norwegian defender signed up at the Staggies until the end of the season last Friday.

He was immediately thrown into the deep end at Ibrox against Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.

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It was a difficult fixture to make a pro debut in, but the faith of manager John Hughes will serve him well.

For Hjelde, still just 17, it’s all about proving a point to Celtic.

As quoted by The Press & Journal, he said: “I came to Ross County to get some game time, to get experience and hopefully show Celtic that I can play next season.

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“I think it could be a very good spell for me. I just need to keep myself up and hopefully I can be playing.”

 

This is the kind of hunger we want from young Celtic players. They should be out to prove a point to their coaches and manager. That’s how you muscle your way into matchday squads.

Hughes is a manager that has a reputation for working with and developing young talent.

As a former Celtic defender himself, Hjelde may well be in the perfect place to learn his trade while earning week-to-week experience in the top-flight.

Celtic youngster Leo Hjelde

Celtic youngster Leo Hjelde / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Already he’s enjoying it, telling The Press & Journal: “It has been good, I have enjoyed training with the lads and I’ve got a good feel for them. It’s a good group. They have been including me in the group and they have been very nice.

“The manager has been brilliant. He is a nice character and he knows what he’s doing. He has been preparing me very well for the move.”

I’m looking forward to seeing how he progresses between now and May.

In other news, reality is about to hit Celtic again tomorrow.

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