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Celtic heading for disaster over Leo Hjelde’s future

For many of Celtic’s star players, last term would have been their last in the famous green and white.

This summer is set to witness a mass exodus from Parkhead with the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and Kristoffer Ajer tipped with the exit door.

What’s the word?

As well as watching a number of their loan players head back to their parent clubs, this could be a concerning summer in terms of their reserve players.

They may have signed Liam Shaw from Sheffield Wednesday but Karamoko Dembele’s future in Glasgow is still uncertain with just a year left on his contract.

However, concerns are growing over Leo Hjelde’s time at Paradise as well.

Leeds have been linked with a move to sign the Norwegian defender previously but they are now furthering their interest according to reliable journalist Graham Smyth.

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The YEP reporter claims that the Premier League side are monitoring him and have the 17-year-old firmly on their radar.

Southampton have also been interested in Hjelde over the last few months.

Error inbound?

When Ange Postecoglou first entered Paradise, he made a vow to Celtic supporters, one that would see him use the club’s best young players when it suited.

He commented: “I’m a big believer that, if you can produce homegrown talent and players who have come through the club, there’s extra meaning to represent that football club for the player. For the supporters, they see one of their own out there and I think that’s very important.”

Hjelde may have been signed from abroad but such is his young age that in a few years, he will be one of their own; that’s providing he sticks around of course.

Celtic have endured a poor habit of failing to hand first-team opportunities to some of their younger players.

Cameron Harper decided to leave in search of more chances in America while remarkably; Dembele is yet to earn a start for the senior side.

Talented youngster Luca Connell hasn’t made the grade yet but Hjelde hasn’t been handed his debut either.

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We'll start with an easier one, who is this Celtic academy player?

He has earned an opportunity to impress at Ross County, a club where his performances have warranted comparisons to a certain Virgil van Dijk.

The imperious centre half is now renowned as one of the best in the business, departing the Bhoys under Ronny Deila’s watch in 2015.

He left for Southampton and is now a mainstay at the heart of the Liverpool defence, transferring to the Merseyside outfit in a deal worth £75m.

Unfortunately, it would appear that Postecoglou could repeat Deila’s mistake of letting a talented young defender leave.

Celtic have always been at the mercy of clubs in England but it would be particularly frustrating to lose Hjelde before the new manager has had a chance to nurture him.

When you get compared to Van Dijk, eyes will always be cast in your direction. Though, to watch him leave before he’s even made his mark at Parkhead will cause mass frustration.

It would be made even worse by Postecoglou’s aforementioned opening day comments.

AND in other news, Celtic must swoop for 21-goal gem who’s got an “excellent relationship” with Ange…

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