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Celtic: Leeds keen on Matthew Anderson

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Leeds United are still keen on Celtic left-back Matthew Anderson, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.

The Lowdown: Hjelde move

It appears as if the Whites are set to take Leo Hjelde from Parkhead. The 17-year-old is into the final 12 months of his Hoops contract and may well end up leaving the club without making a senior appearance.

Leeds and Celtic have reportedly agreed on a fee for the Norwegian, with the defender already agreeing on personal terms. Reports on Thursday suggested that the youngster was set to undergo a medical with the Yorkshire club, with a move expected to seal a move to Elland Road imminently.

Hjelde may not be the only young defender to swap Celtic for Leeds, though.

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The Latest: Anderson interest

Hay ran a Q&A with Leeds fans on Friday ahead of the new season.

One supporter asked him about the club’s academy business, with the journalist admitting that a move for Hjelde is ‘looking good’, before adding that the Whites are still keen on signing fellow 17-year-old Anderson, who was described as ‘the real deal’ by Blantyre Soccer Academy chief Jimmy Whelan.

Hay outlined: “Hjelde from Celtic is looking good. They still like Matthew Anderson up there. I don’t think they’ll do a huge amount more, though. They’ve already signed up Miller, Bate and McGurk.”

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The Verdict: Not ideal

Celtic appear to be building for the future with the signings of youngsters Liel Abada, Liam Shaw, Osaze Urhoghide and Joey Dawson this summer, so losing Hjelde and possibly Anderson isn’t exactly ideal.

The Norwegian has been lauded as ‘the next Virgil van Dijk’, whereas his fellow teenage defender ‘could be like Kieran Tierney’.

Celtic’s loss may well turn out to be Leeds’ gain, and only time will tell how much of a blow losing the two youngsters will be for the Hoops.

In other news: Move off: Celtic no longer looking to sign title winner who was keen to move to Parkhead. 

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