Toronto signed Liverpool defender Tony Gallacher for a loan in September, when he impressed during a scouting mission for another full back.
And general manager Ali Curtis did not rule out the possibility of the 21-year-old Scottish youth signing an international status deal next month.
Gallacher rejoined Toronto via Major League Soccer [MLS] The season – which was halted due to a coronavirus outbreak – is set for a regular campaign this weekend.
Toronto sits second in the Eastern Conference, points points with the Philadelphia leaders, and faces the New York Red Bulls in their final game on Sunday.
Gallagher was guaranteed to be part of the squad that will appear in the play-offs starting on November 20, but Curtis revealed that Liverpool’s chances were originally identified while looking for another goal.
After working as a Liverpool Academy scout for five years before Dodd, head coach Greg Vanny and British-born director of Scouting operations Jack Dodd are exploring potential options in the Under-23 Premier League 2.
He left Anfield in 2013 while Brandon Rogers was manager but used his connections to secure a contract for Gallagher.
“It wasn’t just about Under-33 Premier League scouting, it was more like, ‘What position are we looking at?'” Curtis told MLSoce.com.
“We looked at the whole back position, then we got Tony’s name from the scout in our head through the relationship. It was actually through scouting another player, we saw Tony and thought wow, he’s a talented player who can fit really well. ”
Galcher, who joined Liverpool from Falkirk in 2018, has been forced to move to the team under Vanni and has started the previous two fixtures.
Speaking in September, Curtis acknowledged that MLS was a “worldwide destination” and that he was likely to stay longer in Canada.
“We think the future has a future,” he said, adding that Tony gets a chance to see what our environment is, cities, cultures, leagues and strategies.
“At the end of the year, if we have a strong enough relationship with the club and the players, we will have a conversation about the future.”
Curtis has been added. “Every year MLS becomes more and more destinations around the world. We are a club that has won a lot of championships with big players, so I think it helps.”
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Gallagher made his senior Liverpool debut in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa last season, but he is keen on his immediate future.
“For me right now, I’m thinking about games,” he said. “That’s what I need. Liverpool’s academy football was good for my development, but I’ve come to a point in my career where games are the key.
“It’s hard to say what the future holds right now, because no one really knows right now. I’m playing one game at a time, one training session at a time, and I’m happy to be here to find first team games and compete for trophies .
“It’s something I haven’t had in a while so I’m really glad to be here.”
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