Leeds United may look to reignite their interest in Celtic defender Leo Hjelde this summer.
That’s the views of former Scotland boss Alex McLeish, talking to Football Insider after Ross County manager John Hughes revealed the Whites “were after” the teenage centre-back prior to his loan move to County in January.
The 17-year-old, capable of playing as a centre-back or as a left-back, has impressed Hughes, turning out on nine occasions in recent months, scoring once.
Hjelde, who stands at 6 foot 1, is under contract at Celtic Park until 2022, and McLeish believes Marcelo Bielsa’s side could return for the Norwegian, claiming he could become a ‘terrific’ centre-back.
“Yeah, Leeds could. Scotland’s been a good hunting ground for a few of the big clubs.
“Celtic have, over the years, done good business with players like van Dijk. He’s not the only one they’ve sold for a big fee at the end of his Celtic career.
“If John’s young kid keeps progressing, his loanee, then there’s no doubting he can become another terrific foreign centre-half.
“It seems to be, over the years, the top teams in Scotland have gone for foreign centre-halves.”
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Celtic appear to be losing a number of talented youngsters, and with Hjelde previously wanted by the Whites, we wouldn’t be surprised if the teenager moved on.
Hjelde may well be the next to look towards a Parkhead exit, and a move to Yorkshire could see him link up with Leeds’ talented Under-23 side with a view to progress into Bielsa’s first-team plans down the line.
Considering Hughes’ glowing praise of the youngster, this would certainly be a blow for Celtic if they lost the chance to develop him into a more expensive player before selling, something they did so successfully with Virgil van Dijk and countless others.
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