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The National (Scotland)
Ewan Paton

Celtic outcast Marco Tilio 'considering' loan move in January

Forgotten Celtic man Marco Tilio is set to consider a loan move away from the club in January, according to a report.

The Daily Record states that the 22-year-old will look to move on temporarily in the winter transfer window should he not get a first-team opportunity before this. 

The Australian joined the Scottish champions from Melbourne City in the summer. He was an Ange Postecoglou signing prior to his decision to leave the club and join Tottenham.

Tilio has not really had a look-in under Brendan Rodgers, though. 

In fact, his first appearance of the season came in an international for Australia's Under-23s at the weekend, as he came off the bench to help his team beat Qatar 2-1.

He has seven full caps to his name for his country. And it's believed he hopes his involvement for the U23s will help to push him on upon his return to Celtic this week.

Tilio wants to make an impression on Rodgers, but if a chance in the first team doesn't come, then it would open up the door to a possible loan deal.

Since his arrival he has had to contend with injuries, which kept him sidelined for the first couple of months.

Having to play catch-up as a result, the attacker has found himself behind Luis Palma, Daizen Maeda, James Forrest and Jyunjun Yang in the pecking order.

Rodgers has already admitted that his squad will be trimmed in January, as some of the players on the fringes of the squad will be moved on.

Meanwhile, Rodgers has revealed that Harry Kewell has been working closely with Palma, hence the Honduran's celebration with the Premier League legend in Dingwall recently. 

“The coaches have a specific number of players they work with on different elements of the game,” Rodgers explained. “An incredible amount of work goes on here from the coaching staff to help the players develop. 

“We will identify areas they need to be better in. Harry will sit with the forward players, John with the defenders and Gavin with the midfield players. 

“He [Palma] was probably referencing some pointers he [Kewell] gave him. This is great because that’s why we are here – to train players, give them confidence and improve them. That’s our job so it is once when they can reference people who are helping them."

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