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Celtic: Southampton tracking Hjelde

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Southampton are reportedly keeping tabs on Celtic defender Leo Hjelde ahead of the summer transfer window, according to The Scottish Sun.

The report claims that the Saints are looking at the 17-year-old, as well as Rangers youngster Kyle McClelland.

Hjelde’s versatile Ross County stint

Hjelde, who stands at 6 foot 1, is currently out on loan at fellow Scottish Premiership side Ross County, with the Norwegian making nine appearances in all competitions.

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The teenager has played at centre-back, left-back and left-midfield at Victoria Park, scoring his first senior goal against Kilmarnock last month.

It seems as if his displays have caught the attention on the south coast, with Hjelde having just over 12 months remaining on his Parkhead deal.

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Transfer Tavern take

John Hughes, Hjelde’s manager at Ross County, called the teenager ‘unbelievable’ last month, and it seems as if the Hoops may have a decision to make on the promising youngster this summer.

We have seen first hand with Stephen Welsh this season how a young Hoops defender can have a real impact in the senior squad, and should Hjelde remain in Glasgow, he could be the next to breakthrough.

Christopher Jullien is out through injury at this moment in time, while Hjelde’s countryman Kris Ajer has been linked with a move away.

That could result in Hjelde having a real chance to establish himself in the first-team setup next season, providing he remains at the club beyond the summer.

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