Leo Hjelde has been called up to the Norwegian U18s squad after his form for Ross County ahead of returning to Celtic.

The 17-year-old was labeled as ‘the next Virgil Van Dijk’ by County manager John Hughes after his initial impact following a loan move from Celtic. He will return to Parkhead now the Scottish Premiership season has come to a close for Ross County.

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Leo Hjelde is back with Celtic following his Ross County stint. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hjelde will join players from some of Europe’s biggest clubs – including stars from four of England’s ‘big six’ teams – for two matches against Portugal in June. Hjelde missed County’s final game of the season against Motherwell as he makes his way back to Celtic with 12 appearances and one goal from centre-back and left-back.

Goals from club legends Iain Vigurs and Michael Gardyne secured a last day 2-1 win for County over Motherwell. They needed a point to retain their league status but making it three wins on the trot was the perfect way for Hughes’ side to round off their campaign, avoiding a play-off against Dundee for their safety.

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