Football Insider pundit Paddy Kenny feels Leo Hjelde may re-join Celtic on loan after his move to Leeds United.
The Lowdown: Leeds move
Phil Hay had been expecting Leeds to sign Hjelde before the deadline, in what would be the ninth Hoops departure of the summer. A move to Elland Road was confirmed on Friday afternoon, with the Leeds statement revealing the player will ‘initially’ play with the Under-23 side.
Hjelde, described as ‘composed’ by Callum Morris, is yet to make a senior appearance for Celtic, but Kenny thinks the 18-year-old could return to Parkhead after his move to Yorkshire has gone through.
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The Latest: Kenny’s claim
Talking to Football Insider about the defender, Kenny predicted a possible Scotland return late in the window.
“We’ve seen Premier League teams are willing to pay good money for younger players and then loan them out.
“Leeds are showing that, like a lot of clubs, they can pay a lot for young players who aren’t necessarily gonna feature in the first team.
“They can send him out on loan because that is key to any player’s development. So that could be an option, he could even go back to Celtic.
“You can get them used to playing week in, week out against men in competitive matches.
“He’s obviously a superb player. It’s alright playing under-23s football but it’s not the same as the first-team game.”
The Verdict: Unlikely
If Leeds wanted to loan the teenager out straight away, you’d think they’d want him to be playing regular first-team football from the get-go.
As mentioned, he hasn’t made a senior appearance in green and white to date, so on that basis, you’d expect Kenny’s prediction won’t come to fruition.
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