Marco Tilio made a late substitute appearance in Australia’s final Asian Cup warm-up game against Bharain on Saturday. The player is clearly valued higher in his home country than around Lennoxtown. With little prospect of a promotion to the Celtic starting line-up ahead, any chance the player has to shine would be useful for him and the club.
Oh Hyeon-gyu played the first half of Korea’s game against Iraq on the same day. There is little chance of Oh moving on this month but, like Marco, he is a player who would benefit from gametime in Qatar.
Japan’s opener against Vietnam on Sunday will attract most attention from Celtic fans. Reo Hatate should be close to full fitness, although I doubt he will start the game. Daizen Maeda led the line for Japan at the World Cup, when they expected to play a counter-attacking game. Tactics will be different against Vietnam than they were against Spain, so Daizen may not play the same role.
Again, you and I will lie in our beds at night pondering why one of the greatest Celtic players of this century is on a beach somewhere right now.
The Sun report Celtic have received a work permit for Nicolas Kuhn. This detail is usually completed after paperwork is signed. Hopefully we’re a ‘Ross Hall moment’ away from getting this one over the line.