Libor Kozak has failed to make an appearance since the Frenchman arrived at Villa Park.
The 26-year-old's time at Villa Park has been blighted by injury after he broke his leg during training in January 2014. However, he is now working his way back to fitness, and recently showed that his injury has not affected his goalscoring abilities, as he bagged a brace in the under-21's side's victory over Derby County on Monday.
Celtic boss Ronny Deila was in attendance for the game, and is expected to make a move for the Czech Republic international in January, having failed to bring him to Parkhead in the summer.
Having prevented Kozak leaving the Villans for rivals Birmingham City on loan, Garde has chosen to put a decision on the forward's future on the back-burner until the transfer window reopens, claims The Scottish Sun.
With the former Lazio man scoring in the reserves, while his teammates struggle to find the back of the net in the Premier League, Kozak surely has the right to expect some first-team action in the coming month. While he would undoubtedly have to raise his game if he was brought into Garde's squad for the first time, Villa's situation means that the Frenchman will have to take a risk if he hopes to drag his club towards safety.
However, should Kozak remain on the fringes by the time the window opens, and Celtic remain interested in a move, then the striker may make it clear that he wants to go, and perhaps therefore, make Garde's decision for him.