Scottish Premiership champions Celtic signed young defender Leo Hjelde from Norwegian giants Rosenborg over the summer.
New Celtic defender Leo Hjelde was spotted training with the first team on Tuesday – and his shirt number is no longer a mystery thanks to photos provided by the Daily Record.
It wasn’t just the first team that Celtic strengthened during a hectic transfer window. The Scottish Premiership champions are also building for the future with teenagers Luca Connell, Tobi Oluwayemi and Hjelde all arriving in Glasgow over the summer.
The latter, a 16-year-old centre-back whose father Jon played for Nottingham Forest many moons ago, joined from Rosenborg in July. And, in quotes reported by the Scottish Sun, he described the move as ‘an honour’.
Hjelde is certainly in the right place with Celtic responsible for the rapid rise of another young Norwegian centre-back, a certain Kristoffer Ajer.
And with Neil Lennon keen to rotate his squad ahead of Wednesday’s Betfred Cup clash at home to Partick Thistle, could Hjelde be handed his senior debut in green and white? Possibly, with the highly-rated enforcer spotted taking part in first-team training just a day before the game.
Until now, Hjelde’s shirt number had not been confirmed but he was pictured with ‘72’ on his training kit – not that many Celtic fanatics are likely to get his name on the back of their replica shirt just yet.