The Norway youth international joined the Hoops in the summer and is taking well to life at Parkhead.
Celtic academy defender Leo Hjelde has given an insight into his time at Parkhead so far and praised two of the Hoops first-team players for having helped him settle (Celtic View).
The 16-year-old Norway youth international, whose father Jon Olav Hjelde played for Nottingham Forest, penned a three-year deal at Celtic at the end of July after leaving Rosenborg in his native country.
With the international break now in full swing, Celtic View took the time to speak to the youngster to find out how he’s been settling into life in Glasgow and he revealed how he’s already got some first-team training under his belt.
“The first time (training) was a couple of weeks ago and it was very nice,” he told the club’s media team. “I got a text the day before saying I needed to be in for training with the first team. That was cool. They were all friendly, but I don’t think they knew who I was at first. I expected that, though, so that’s alright.”
Hjelde also spoke highly of his fellow Norwegian Celts, Kristoffer Ajer and Mohamed Elyounoussi, saying: “I’ve spoken to Kristoffer and Mohamed. It’s been nice having them around because I can speak Norwegian to them and ask advice about things.”
The young defender is currently on international duty, having been selected for Norway’s Under-17 squad for their European Championship qualification games against the U17s of Bulgaria, Malta and Austria.
Hjelde is one of several highly rated youngsters recruited by Celtic this summer, along with Southampton’s Jonathan Afolabi, Manchester United’s Lee O’Connor and Manchester City’s Jeremie Frimpong (Daily Record).