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Mark Walker

Melbourne City boss all but confirms Marco Tilio to Celtic transfer switch

Melbourne City boss Rado Vidosic has all but confirmed incoming Celtic starlet Marco Tilio's arrival at the Hoops.

Brendan Rodgers is set to land the 21-year-old who has already won five caps for the Socceroos and scored 18 goals in 79 league appearances.

He's set to join international teammate Aaron Mooy at Parkhead this month and Vidosic admitted he has resigned himself to losing his star man.

He said: "I doubt we will be able to keep him.

"He had a fantastic season for us.”

Tilio was a late replacement in the Australia World Cup squad in Qatar last year for Hibs' injured talisman Martin Boyle, but never made an appearance at the Finals.

And his last appearance for Melbourne City came at the A-League Grand Finals when his side crashed to a 6-1 defeat to a Jason Cummings-inspired Central Coast Mariners.

Meanwhile, Yang Hyun-jun has demanded he be allowed to complete a transfer switch to Celtic in the summer.

The winger is thought to be keen on a move to Parkhead but his club Gangwon have refused to sell the player until the winter window.

However, Yang has now come out and demanded his club sanction a transfer switch to Celtic in the summer. 

He told Sports Chosun: "Advancing to Europe is a dream of all players. I am the same.

"I want to go in the summer, not winter. I hope (the club) sends it as promised."

And new Gangwon manager Yoon Jeong-hwan admitted the situation surrounding Yang is "difficult" as he plotted a quiet resolution to the matter behind the scenes.

He told Yonhap News: "It's a club and agent problem, not something I'm involved in.

"I hope to work quietly so that it will not be revealed.

"We keep making the situation difficult by disclosing it to the media."

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