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Celtic can forget about Leo Hjelde with Dane Murray

When a team comes calling from south of the border Celtic supporters must throw out a collective groan.

Their supporters know that more often than not, the player will take the juicy pay increase and walk through the Parkhead exit door.

It’s an eventuality that’s fallen at the feet of Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama, Stuart Armstrong, Kieran Tierney and Virgil van Dijk to name a few.

Sadly, however, they’re now in danger of losing their young stars to English football too.

The latest figure who could move south is someone who’s yet to earn a first-team appearance; Leo Hjelde.

He’s fielded interest from Leeds throughout the summer and now a deal is on the verge of completion.

It will be a huge disappointment to lose him, especially after he was compared to Virgil van Dijk.

Are you excited about Murray?

Definitely!

Definitely!

No way!

No way!

Yet, Ange Postecoglou can soften that blow by nurturing and unleashing Dane Murray. The 18-year-old broke into the first-team during pre-season and even played in Champions League qualifying.

Originally a central midfielder, the teenager has now become a centre-back and it’s in that role that Postecoglou entrusts him.

Speaking about playing him against Midtjylland, the boss said: “I watched him in training and he is a young kid, not just with football potential but personality and character that belies his age. I was quite happy to trust him out there and it was an important stage, we were down to ten men and we had to work very hard.”

Calm and composed, Murray looks to be an exceptional young player with a high ceiling. Another man effusive with his praise is Stephen Welsh: “Dane was fantastic, both on the ball and defensively… he made me feel old,”  the defender commented after the draw with Midtjylland.

He completed 87% of his passes during that match and also prevailed in 100% of his aerial duels. Clearly unfazed by the big occasion, Hjelde’s departure should enable a clearer pathway for him at first-team level.

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The new manager has already spoken of how keen is to integrate home-grown talent and that should start with Murray.

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