MARCO TILIO has not given up on his Celtic dream.

The Australian international winger played a mere 28 MINUTES after joining the champions from Melbourne City in a £2million switch in June last year.

Injury scuppered Tilio’s hopes of hitting the ground running at Parkhead and he had to be content with cameo substitute appearances against Motherwell and Hibs before returning to his former club on loan in February.

The 22-year-old wide Bhoy has just agreed a second temporary stint in Melbourne, but has vowed to return to Brendan Rodgers’ team – and this time be up to the task of impressing the Irishman.

FALSE START…Marco Tilio poses with his Celtic shirt after the winger’s £2million arrival in June 2023.

Tilio, who signed a five-year deal with the Hoops, was quoted in a report in The Scotsman: “First and foremost, I want to play football.

“Hopefully, good performances will lead to other good things. A good year here at City looks to set me up nicely to go back overseas and also get back into the Socceroos fold.

“I wanted to be somewhere where I knew I was going to play as much football as possible because I didn’t want to go two years without playing football.”

Tilio became the second winger to leave Parkhead as he followed Sweden-born Montenegro international Sead Haksabanovic who sealed a four-year deal with Malmo.

Mikey Johnston, who scored seven goals in 20 appearances after joining Championship outfit West Brom on loan at the turn of the year, could be another flanker to move in this transfer window.


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