Marco Tilio’s absence explained by Celtic boss

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers provided an update on Marco Tilio after the Socceroos forward was not included in the matchday squad last week.

Tilio made his long-awaited Celtic debut in the 1-1 Scottish Premiership draw with Motherwell on November 26 (AEDT), however, the Australian was nowhere to be seen as the reigning champions defeated St Johnstone 3-1 on Sunday.

The 22-year-old was absent from the matchday squad and as Celtic prepare to face Nick Mongtomery’s Hibernian on Thursday (AEDT), Rodgers was asked about the A-Leagues graduate.

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“He’s okay. He is training away,” Rodgers told reporters.

“I think because we had some injuries he got himself onto the bench but other players have come back and he found himself outside of that again.”

Tilio made the move to Celtic at the start of the season, with three-time reigning Isuzu UTE A-League premiers Melbourne City netting a reported fee of £1.5 million (A$2.8m).

However, the Socceroo has been playing catch-up since an injury-interrupted start to life in Glasgow.