Toronto signed Liverpool defender Tony Gallacher on loan in September after he impressed in his quest to find another full-back.
And general manager Ali Curtis has not ruled out inclusion of the 21-year-old Scottish youth on a permanent contract as the deal expires next month.
Gallacher joined Toronto midway through the reorganized Professional Football Championship [MLS] Season – has been halted due to an outbreak of coronavirus – with the campaign normally ending later this week.
Toronto came second in the East Conference, equaling points with leaders Philadelphia, and facing New York Red Bulls in their final Sunday game.
Gallacher was guaranteed to be part of the squad that appeared in the play-offs, which began on November 20, but Curtis revealed the Liverpool outlook was initially uncovered while tracking another goal.
Head coach Greg Vanney and England-born scouting chief Jack Dodd are looking for the under-23 Premier League 2 team for potential options after the previous Dodd worked as Liverpool academy scout in 5 years.
He left Anfield in 2013 when Brendan Rodgers was coach but used his connections to secure a deal for Gallacher.
“It’s not just about learning about the U-23 Premier League, but also about ‘Where are we watching?’, Curtis told MLSsoccer.com.
“We looked at full-back, then through a relationship from our scout, we got Tony’s name. It’s really through finding another player, we are. saw Tony and thought wow, he’s a talented player that could be a great fit. ”
Gallacher, who joined Liverpool from Falkirk in 2018, was forced into the team under Vanney’s guidance and started two games earlier.
Curtis, speaking in September, admits it is likely he will stay in Canada longer as the MLS becomes ‘a global destination’.
“We think there is a future,” he said, “Tony has the chance to experience our environment to see what it is like, the city, the culture, the league and the strategy.
“At the end of the year if there is a strong enough relationship with the club and the player, we will have a conversation about what the future will be like.”
Curtis added. “Every year, the MLS is becoming a more global destination. We are a club that has won a lot of different championships with great players, so I think that will be useful.”
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Gallacher made his senior Liverpool debut in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa last season but remains cautious about his immediate future.
“As for me, right now, I’m thinking about games,” he said. “That’s what I need. Liverpool academy football for me is good for my development but I am at a point in my career where the game is the main thing.
“Right now, it’s hard to tell what the future will be like, because nobody really knows right now. I’m in for a match, one training session at a time and I’m happy to be at. Here get the first team games and compete for titles.
“It’s something I haven’t had in a while so I’m really glad to be here.”