Mikey Johnstone and Celtic fans applaud £1m Premier League star, after Sunday


Leo Hjelde made his Premier League debut for Leeds United on Sunday afternoon as the Whites produced a superb display to beat West Ham. Celtic fans, and Mikey Johnston, have applauded the teenage defender on Twitter.

Hjelde, 18, swapped Celtic for Leeds in the summer – after failing to break into Celtic’s senior side. That is, despite an impressive loan spell at Ross County during the second half of the 2020-21 campaign.

Following his £1million (Through It All Together) move to Elland Road, Hjelde has been a regular in Mark Jackson’s Under-23 side. But with injuries aplenty at Elland Road, he made his debut last week in the FA Cup.

That resulted in a 2-0 loss to West Ham. But this time around, Leeds took on West Ham in the Premier League – winning 3-2. Hjelde was introduced after 20 minutes, replacing Junior Firpo who suffered a muscle issue.

Despite only coming on as a substitute, the Norwegian talent produced more clearances than any of his teammates with five – as per WhoScored. A superb display from left-back, and he underlined his delight on Instagram.

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Celtic fans and Johnston applaud Leeds star Hjelde – regret over exit?

Celtic could have done with a left-footed option at centre-back, and cover at left-back. Liam Scales has been brought in, but one would argue that Hjelde might have been the better option – allowing him to stay and develop.

Nevertheless, Leeds have benefited and lured Hjelde south of the border and it appears to be a move that has paid off, having starred for Leeds in their last two games. Celtic fans, and Johnstone, applauded Hjelde.

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6 Months give or take, Leo Hjelde was playing at Excelsior Stadium for Celtic B team. Today he came on for his Premier league debut for Leeds away to West Ham.

Well done Sir. pic.twitter.com/wdzEm1mN6E

— Celtic feed (@FeedCeltic) January 16, 2022

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Ex-Celtic youngster Leo Hjelde played 67 minutes in the Premier League today for Leeds as they defeated West Ham 3-2.

Would’ve loved to have seen him be given a chance at Celtic, especially under Ange. Just never worked out.

Still only 18, certainly one to watch. pic.twitter.com/XNwJIkRQaP

— Josh McC | Footblog (@Josh_Footblog) January 16, 2022

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Second time watching Hjelde for Leeds, a player developing very well. Pity we couldn’t have held onto him at Celtic.

— StMiley (@StMiley) January 16, 2022

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5 months ago Leo Hjelde was playing for Celtic B team against Berwick Rangers at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie

Now he’s making his debut for Leeds against West Ham away.

Mental how much things can change within half a year 🤣

— Declan (@DJH99_) January 16, 2022

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I’m sure ALL of Celtic twitter is having a completely normal reaction to Leo Hjelde getting is premier league debut

— Matt 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇵🇸🇨🇺☭ (@matts_408) January 16, 2022

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Leo Hjelde getting more chances at Leeds than he did at Celtic wonder why

— Douglas Hepburn (@DouglasHepburn) January 16, 2022

In other news, Jurgen Klopp says £40m Liverpool player now injured

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