Celtic might still have some areas where they need to improve but overall, Brendan Rodgers has a lot of options to pick his starting XI from. There are some players who are struggling to get into the team though and departing Parkhead, on loan or on a permanent basis, might be the right step for them.
Then again, one has to look at the example of Liam Scales. The defender has gone from a squad player to a nailed-on starter within the space of a few months. An opportunity can come knocking at any time.
One of the players who is struggling to break into the first-team picture right now is Marco Tilio. The Australian arrived in the summer and was considered one of the best young players in the A-League before that, even earning comparisons to Phil Foden for his style of player.
He has yet to play a single minute of football this season so far. As reported by the Daily Record, Tilio will consider a January loan if he doesn’t get first-team chances before that.
Celtic player considering leaving on loan in January
It remains to be seen how things work out for Tilio over the next month or so. Celtic have key wingers out injured right now in the form of Daizen Maeda and Liel Abada.
If Tilio cannot get into the team under these circumstances, then going out on loan and gaining some experience in a European league might be the right step for him. Sitting on the bench or in the reserves won’t be helping anyone.
One of the problems for Celtic this season has been their early elimination from the Scottish League Cup. They lost to Kilmarnock in the second round. That is a competition where players like Tilio could have gotten their chances.