Leo Hjelde, a talented Celtic centre-back, has been encouraging his success at Ross County as he trains for potential Parkhead prospects.

Hjelde has been loaned to John Hughes for the remainder of the season. And, as his first-team appearances increase, he continues to be impressing in Dingwall.

Hjelde has made five appearances since joining County in January and has done his utmost to keep County’s goals conceded to a low. However, he has learned immensely from guidance from star Parkhead defender Kristoffer Ajer.

Hjelde has been celebrating his County experience while reiterating his long-term ambition to play for Celtic. According to the Herald, Hjelde stated:

“I have spoken to the coaches (at Celtic) a few times but it has just been to see how I was getting on. First-team football has been different but I feel like I am keeping up with it. Physically it can be difficult, especially if you are playing against guys at 6ft 5, but you have to learn to play around that and be a bit more streetwise.

“This will hopefully put me in a better position to go back there and try to play football at Celtic. That is what my goal is and all the minutes I get here will help me. Every game I get just now is a bonus for me. You don’t see a lot of 17-year-olds playing in the Scottish Premiership so I am looking to make the most of this experience.

“Kristoffer is a very good player and he had the same career path like me too. I like to be on the ball and try to create things too but my main priority always has to be defending. I keep in contact with him still. He has been very good to me and he still gets in touch and gives me advice.”