Teenage Rosenborg Defender, Leo Hjelde signs three year Celtic deal

CELTIC today announced that the club has agree terms with young Norwegian defender Leo Hjelde who has signed a three year contract subject to international approval and joins Celtic from Rosenborg.

Leo, who is a highly rated left sided central defender, will initially join up with the Reserve team squad before looking towards the first team as he develops at Celtic. He has already represented his country at at Under 16s and is looking to follow in his father Jon’s footsteps.

Jon Hjelde played for Rosenborg and Nottingham Forest in his own career an will be keen too ee his boy succeed in Glasgow.

“It is a real honour to join Celtic,” Leo told the official Celtic site.

“I had a number of options in front of me, but I know that Celtic is the right place for me.

“I have had the opportunity to speak to many people within the club, including the manager, Neil Lennon, and that has been fantastic.

“I know that the club will provide me with the best pathway for my future and I am really looking forward to the next few years of my career at such a fantastic club.”

Willie McStay was in the Celtic boardroom today to complete the signing formalities on behalf of the club while Leo’s was accompanied by his family who certainly looks thrilled for the 16 year old.

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