Ross County defender Alex Iacovitti is backing Celtic loanee Leo Hjelde for a great career in football after his strong Staggies start.

Former Scotland international John Collins recommended the 17-year-old Norwegian to County boss John Hughes. The Celtic loanee has been brilliant since arriving in Dingwall, becoming the club’s youngest ever Premiership scorer against Kilmarnock last weekend.

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The Celtic loanee has written himself into Staggies history. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Iacovitti has played alongside him in defence and believes a big career awaits for Hjelde: “He’s a good lad, a good character for his age. He’s a very confident boy and he’s a really good player as well. He has slotted in really nice next to me.

“Sometimes he is in my position but he’s been doing really well since he came through the door. For his age, you sometimes thinks he is older, is he isn’t afraid to speak up. It’s not for me to say whether or not he can take the step up, but why not.

“He’s come out on loan from Celtic and is doing well. He is still young and might need to do some more learning, but why not, he is a good player and he is showing that at the minute.”

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Backing his teammate. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

County face Hibs tomorrow at home, a game which could put them seven points clear of bottom in the Scottish Premiership. But Iacovitti isn’t getting too far ahead: “We needed that Killie win, it was a massive game and we came out on top.

“Now it is focusing on the next game, staying grounded, staying humble and looking to get the three points against Hibs and we will do what we can to get them. We don’t want to think too far ahead, we wanted to stay grounded, keep working hard.

“We have really good team spirit about us so we need to keep doing what we are doing and like I say, try to get the three points. We don’t want to be thinking about the gaps or the league table, we are only thinking about one game at a time.”

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