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EPL side line up double raid on Celtic

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Leeds United are plotting a double raid on Leo Hjelde and Matthew Anderson.

The teenagers have yet to make a single first team appearance for Celtic but have been picked up by the Yorkshire side who have just enjoyed an impressive first season back in the EPL.

Hjelde earned impressive reviews after going out on loan to Ross County in January with Anderson yet to step out of Academy football.

Celtic will field their Colts side in the Lowland League next season in an effort to bridge the gap from Academy football into the first team but it seems that they have work on their hands to retain their top prospects.

Over the last two years Liam Henderson and Barry Hepburn have left for Bayern Munich, Liam Hughes moved to Liverpool with Manchester City snapping up Josh Adams.

This afternoon the Yorkshire Evening Post reports:

The Whites, who also hold an interest in another Hoops youngster Leo Hjelde, want to add (Matthew) Anderson to the Thorp Arch ranks this summer.

Left-back Anderson, 17, signed a profesional contract at Celtic Park in January 2020 after moving from Blantyre Soccer Academy in Glasgow.

He was part of the Celtic Under 18s side, coached by former Leeds loan defender Darren O’Dea, who were furloughed by the club in January.

Anderson has represented Scotland at Under 16 level on three occasions and played in the Victory Shield against Wales and the Republic of Ireland alongside current Leeds Under 18 duo Ben Andreucci and Jeremiah Mullen.

Celtic open their Lowland League campaign away to Bonnyrigg Rose on July 17. Hopefully Anderson will be part of that squad with Hjelde likely to be involved in the first team squad preparing for the Champions League ties against Midtjylland on July 20 and 28.

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