Owen Beck is a name that has been doing the rounds of the Celtic rumour mill this month. The Liverpool left-back spent the first half of the season on loan at Dundee FC and was very impressive. He was arguably the best in his position in Scotland over that period of time and has already been recalled by the Reds, who face injury problems right now.
The speculation linking Celtic with a loan move for Beck has never quite gone away though. And there have been some conflicting rumours over the last few days.
Some have suggested that Beck joining Celtic this month is likely. Other rumours claim that he will be staying on at Liverpool.
There now seems to be a fresh update on the situation. As reported by Football Scotland, Celtic are still keen on a potential move for Beck. But the Scottish champions will have to wait for any decision to be made by Liverpool when Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas return to training towards the end of the month. Jurgen Klopp wants the player to stay while he is short in that position.
Celtic still keen to sign Beck but face one problem
The speculation surrounding Beck has divided the opinion of the fans. While most rate him highly, many believe that Celtic should only consider making a move if there is potential for a permanent transfer.
Is Beck good enough to come in and be a regular starter for Celtic? That is one question that needs to be answered before making any move for the Liverpool left-back.
The club need someone who can at least challenge Greg Taylor for the starting spot. Beck was certainly the better of the two in the first half of the season, but it is also about fitting into a team and style of play. Dundee FC and Celtic play very different brands of football.