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New Celtic recruit Marco Tilio says he has known of the club’s interest in bringing him to Scotland for ‘a number of years’, with a clear plan for his development already in place.

The 21-year old swapped A-League outfit Melbourne City for the cinch Premiership Champions and despite not speaking with the now departed Ange Postecoglou, he has been aware the potential  switch was on the cards.

He said: “I never spoke to Ange but I’ve spoken to the club for a number of years, they’ve had a plan for me.”

“I think now with the new gaffer coming in, I spoke to him before I signed and he had a great plan for me and for the club and I just wanted to be a part of that.”

“I think since I moved to Melbourne City 3 years ago it was my goal to get over to Europe and here I am with an opportunity that’s presented itself and I just can’t wait to get started.”

Tilio also revealed a chat with former Hoops midfielder Aaron Mooy completely sold him on a move to Celtic Park.

He added: “I spoke to Aaron Mooy before making my decision and being involved in the national team with him a few times, he couldn’t speak highly enough of the club and the people at the club. It just really brought to my attention that I really wanted to do this and join this great club.”