Leo Hjelde explains why he's signed for Leeds United from Celtic

By John McGinley

August 27, 2021

Young defender Leo Hjelde is delighted to have joined Leeds United from Celtic and is hoping to make an impact for their U23s side.

Hjelde is a highly-rated prospect and performed well on loan at Ross County last season in the Scottish Premiership.

However, apparently, he sees his future best served in England, stating he is now working for “the best manager in the world”.

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Speaking to the club’s official media outlet, the teenager said: “I’m really delighted to sign for this massive club. It’s been going on for quite a while now, so just getting the deal over and done with is such a great feeling.

“I feel like Leeds is the right club for me. I really like the way they play.

“I think they have the best manager in the world right now. Just looking at where the club is heading in the future – I want to be a part of it.”

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Hjelde didn’t go fully into his experience at Celtic or why he became unhappy in Glasgow. We have to assume he feels he is on a better pathway to first-team football however.

He’s not the first young player to leave the club for bigger leagues over the last few years with prospects joining Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City amongst others.

One of the big priorities for Celtic over the next 12 months is putting in place a structure and processes that allows these youngsters to feel more secure in staying at the club and reaching their potential here.

Ultimately the first-team isn’t going to miss Hjelde because he never made a big impact there. But he has potential and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him become a Premier League player. That’s the kind of talent we need to keep at the club.

In other news, Celtic make excellent Europa League ticket announcement.