Marco Tilio will not be returning to Celtic after his time at the Asian Cup comes to an end. 

The attacker is currently on international duty with Australia at the continental competition. 

However, he won't be travelling back to Glasgow upon its conclusion, with a loan move back to his homeland Down Under confirmed.

The 22-year-old will spend the remainder of the season on loan at Melbourne City. 

He spent three seasons with the club before making the move to Celtic in the summer.

He said: "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.” 

And the City Group club thanked the Scottish champions for allowing their man back.

Melbourne City Director of Football, Michael Petrillo, said: “We’re thrilled to have Marco back at City. His impact during his previous stay with us was significant, and we believe his technical skills, pace and work ethic will add another dimension to our attack. 

“Marco’s return is a testament to the strong relationships we maintain, and we’re grateful to Celtic FC for facilitating this loan.” 

Coach Aurelio Vidmar, added: “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.” 

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Meanwhile, for many Celtic fans, putting forward any sort of justification of their club’s transfer business this January amounts to defending the indefensible.

The late loan signing of Adam Idah from Norwich City – without an option to buy should he buck expectations and do well in Glasgow – has simply fuelled the notion that the window has not gone to plan, supposing there was a plan at all.