Socceroos midfielder Marco Tilio made his long-awaited Celtic debut, albeit briefly as a 94th minute substitute in their 1-1 home draw with Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.
Tilio had joined Celtic from Melbourne City on a five-year deal in June for a reported £1.5 million fee but hadn’t hit the park initially due to a hamstring injury, before needing time to build up his conditioning.
But Tilio got his opportunity to get a few minutes under the belt, having been named on the Celtic bench for the first time this season on Saturday.
The Australian almost helped create a late winner, getting past his marker on the right side but no one was able to get on the end of his cross.
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Elsewhere in Scotland, Lewis Miller scored in Hibernian’s 2-1 win at Dundee on Saturday, putting them 2-0 up in the 58th minute. However, Miller would be sent off five minutes later for a second yellow card.
Miller climbed highest to head Joe Newell’s corner into the top corner, but five minutes later he was given his marching orders after pushing Owen Beck to the ground on the edge of the box.
Hibs boss Nick Montgomery said: “The first booking was silly. He didn’t need to get involved in the altercation and that’s what I’ve told him. You pick up a silly booking and you’re walking a tightrope. His second was maybe harsh but I’ve not seen it.
“In that moment you regret the first one because it affects you and the team but he scored a winning goal with the header so I’ll let him off.”
Martin Boyle started and played 76 minutes, while Jimmy Jeggo was a 57th minute substitute.
Kye Rowles put in a full shift while Cammy Devlin was an 81st minute substitute and Calum Nieuwenhof was a 68th minute substitute in Hearts’ 1-0 win over St Johnstone. Ryan McGowan played a full game for the Saints.
Rowles received a 7/10 rating from Edinburgh Evening News for his shift at left centre-back: “Assured in challenges and used the ball well on the left of the back three.”
On Sunday, Cristian Volpato was unused on the bench as Sassuolo won 4-3 at Empoli in Italy’s Serie A, while Denis Genreau was an unused sub as Toulouse lost 1-0 at Nice in France’s Ligue 1.
Mat Ryan kept a clean sheet as AZ eased past Garang Kuol’s FC Volendam 3-0 in the Dutch Eredivisie. Kuol started and played 67 minutes.
Kuol had a half-chance to score in the 12th minute when he got in behind from a lofted direct ball, but his left-foot shot was palmed away by Ryan.
The teenager’s pace and harrassing almost led to a goal in the 42nd minute, but his pass was behind his teammate in a great scenario inside the box.
Ryan, who did well on both occasions against Kuol, made an excellent save from Damon Mirani’s rasping strike in the 52nd minute.
Ryan Edwards was an 82nd minute substitute for Amorebieta in their 2-0 loss at Elche in Spain’s Segunda Division.
Awer Mabil put in a full shift for Grasshoppers as they lost 2-0 at Servette in Switzerland’s Super League.
Jack Iredale opened the scoring as Bolton routed Exeter City 7-0 in League One on Saturday. Iredale played a full game, netting in the 34th minute with a back-post header.
Brighton loanee Cameron Peupion was back on the bench for Cheltenham but left unused as struggling Cheltenham made it three wins in five games with a 2-0 victory over Oxford United.
Peupion has only played four times for the Robins since joining on a season-long loan. His last appearance was October 3.
Kenny Dougall played a full game and provided an assist as Blackpool thrashed leaders Portsmouth 4-0 on the road. Alex Robertson started and played 80 minutes for Pompey, while Kusini Yengi was a 70th minute sub.
Robertson was rated 6/10 by the Portsmouth News, who wrote: “Was a delight at times in the first half, when Pompey looked at their best, pinging the ball around and driving from midfield. But like his team-mates, performance, dipped alarmingly after the break.”
Aiden O’Neill made his first Belgian Pro League start since September, putting in a full shift in midfield as Standard Liege claimed an impressive 1-0 home win over Genk to climb up to eighth.
Jackson Irvine played a u full game and Connor Metcalfe was a 73rd minute substitute as ladder-leading St Pauli continued their winning ways with a 3-2 victory at Hansa Rostock in Germany’s 2.Bundesliga.
Jordan Bos (Westerlo), Cameron Burgess (Ipswich), Nicholas Bilokapic (Peterborough), Ash Maynard-Brewer (Charlton), Mitchell Langerak (Nagoya Grampus), Thomas Deng (Albirex Niigata), Lachlan Jackson (Suwon), Trent Sainsbury (Al Wakrah)
Patrick Yazbek – ST 61 (Viking), Anthony Kalik – SB 66 (Hajduk Split), John Iredale – SB 63 (Wehen Wiesbaden),Sam Silvera – SB 73 (Middlesbrough), Massimo Luongo – SB 61 (Ipswich), Jason Davidson – ST 82 (KAS Eupen), Craig Goodwin – ST 90 (Al Wehda), Peter Makrillos – ST 64 (Chungbuk Cheongju)
James Holland (Austria Vienna), Milos Degenek (Red Star Belgrade), Tom Glover (Middlesbrough), Harry Souttar (Leicester City), Nectarios Triantis (Sunderland), Jacob Chapman (Huddersfield)
Mohamed Toure (Paris FC), Ryan Strain, Keanu Baccus (both St Mirren)