Ross County have signed Celtic youngster Leo Hjelde on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Hjelde is still only 17 but has impressed during his time at Celtic following a move to Parkhead from Rosenborg in 2019. He has made three appearances for the Norwegian U17s side and is contracted at Celtic Park until 2022. The Norwegian was recently on the bench as Celtic played Hibs a couple of weeks ago.

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The Celtic youngster is a Staggie. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Staggies manager John Hughes said earlier this week that he was looking to bolster his squad before the end of the window, with positions targeted including a defender who can play multiple positions, a goalkeeper to challenge number one Ross Laidlaw and a striker.

Now he has got one of his targets, taking a chance on the 17-year-old who can play multiple positions on the left-side of defence. Hughes is willing to give the Celtic loanee his senior opportunity but Hjelde must prove himself.

He said: “Leo is a good young player that will see this spell as a key part of his development. I think it is important that in addition to the experience we have, we add young, hungry talent in to the side that are eager to go out there and go toe-to-toe with some of the best players in this league.

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Happy with his man. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Some people will look at it and say he is young, and he is a risk but sometimes you have to thrive on that, I know Leo will. For me, I have always tried to filter in young players in all my teams and this is no different, we will give him the opportunity but he has to show what he can bring when he is given the chance.”

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