Celtic’s £1.5m summer signing returns to Melbourne City

Marco Tilio, Celtic’s £1.5m summer project signing from A-League side Melbourne City has put pen to paper on a loan deal that takes him back to his former club for the rest of this season.

Tilio picked up an injury while ion international duty with the Socceroos last summer, just a few days after signing for Celtic and arrived in Glasgow injured and out for several months. He managed two short substitute appearances in the Hoops in the first five months of the season but other than some minutes, he’s been unable to make an impact.

Tilio was a surprise call-up for the Socceroos squad for the Asian Cup – benefiting from the increase in squad size from 24 to 26 for the tournament, the Celtic project signing took one of the two extra spots.

The 22 year-old was clearly pleased that the anticipated return to Melbourne has gone through. “I’m thrilled to be back at City. The memories and experiences from my time here are unforgettable, and I can’t wait to contribute to the team’s success once again. The support from the fans has always been incredible, and I’m eager to create more memorable moments together this season,” Tilio said.

Melbourne City’s Head Coach Aurelio Vidmar was also pleased at Tilio’s return: “We are delighted to welcome a player of Marco’s calibre back to Melbourne City. His technical ability, vision and ability to run at defenders will make him an asset to our team. We’re confident his return will provide a boost as we look to continue to climb the table across the back end of the season.”

Tilio, who is currently away in Qatar with the Socceroos squad participating in the Asian Cup has decent stats at Melbourne City, scoring 20 goals and having 19 assists. He’ll be back at Celtic in the summer looking to make an impact last season.

Didn’t Tom Rogic – Celtic’s wonderful Wizard of Oz – return to Australia on loan shortly after signing for Celtic and that eventually turned out very well for all parties. Perhaps Tilio can take some encouragement for that as he looks to use his time back at Melbourne City to get him ready for another crack at making it at Celtic after an underwhelming first attempt.

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