CELTIC’S loan move for Liverpool left-back Owen Beck has been scuppered.
The Welsh Under-21 defender caught the eye of Brendan Rodgers during his loan spell at Dundee earlier in the season.
However, Beck was recalled to Anfield by Jurgen Klopp when regular No.3 Andy Robertson, the Scotland international skipper, and Greek back-up Kostas Tsimikas were both sidelined with shoulder injuries.
Rodgers, on the look-out for a stand-by for ever-present Greg Taylor with only nine days to go before the transfer deadline, had reportedly set his sights on the Reds youngster, either in a loan or permanent switch.
STAYING PUT…Owen Beck in his appearance in the 4-0 win over Bournemouth, the substitution that dynamited a move to Celtic.
But any proposed move was dynamited when Beck was introduced as an 83rd-minute substitute in his team’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth yesterday.
As soon as the 21-year-old player stepped onto the field, the possibility of a move to Parkhead was torpedoed, as CQN warned last week.
Beck replaced Conor Bradley with Klopp’s side already three goals ahead and coasting to three points.
There had been speculation right up to kick-off that the Hoops were considering a permanent bid for Beck.
Under FIFA regulations, the left-sided back-four operator cannot play for three clubs in one season.
It’s back to the drawing board for Brendan as the clock ticks down while a striker remains the Irishman’s priority.