Marco Tilio completed his move to Celtic from Melbourne City today. The winger, 21, was an unused sub in the Australia squad at the World Cup last year. Last season he established himself as first choice for Melbourne after two years on the periphery of the side.
He has made 53 starts in senior football, so there have not been many scouting opportunities, but it is just four fewer than Liel Abada had made when we signed him as a 19-year-old two years ago. When real talent gets to around 80 appearances, we often encounter competition for signatures, so we have moved earlier since the days of Virgil. This smaller sample pool will inevitably produce more varied outcomes, not all will make it.
The most reassuring aspect of this signing is that it was completed in June. Players signed this early in the window are high on the target list. He is not a response to interest in Jota, although I expect one of the other wingers will be made available as a result of this deal being confirmed.