Liverpool Set Conditions For Transfer As Rangers Vie With Celtic For Welsh Defender

Liverpool will only allow Rangers target Owen Beck to leave on loan if Andy Robertson returns to fitness before the end of the month, according to DaveOCKop.

The Reds insider source claims that, after impressing during his spell at Dundee in the first half of the season, manager Jurgen Klopp could give him first-team opportunities over the next few weeks.

Robertson has been sidelined with a dislocated shoulder since Scotland’s 2-0 defeat to Spain back in October but he is closing in on his comeback.

The left-back’s understudy Kostas Tsimikas is also on the treatment table, having broken his collarbone in the draw against Arsenal last month.

It means Beck will be given chances to play for Liverpool before a decision is made on whether to loan him out for the second half of the campaign.

Both Old Firm clubs are interested in the defender

DaveOCKop is reporting that the Light Blues and Celtic would be keen on securing Beck’s signature. At this stage, it’s not known which of the two Glasgow teams would be favourites for the player.

Celtic have recently loaned Nat Phillips from Liverpool so they do have good relations with the English Premier League club. However, the defender didn’t get enough game time with the Scottish Premiership leaders and he has now returned to Anfield.

The Reds will be expecting Beck to play regularly if he does leave the club, so Rangers may have to offer some guarantees in order to sign the Welshman.

Why are Rangers pursuing Beck?

Borna Barisic is currently out injured. The Croatian international has not featured in a matchday squad since the Scottish League Cup final. In addition, his contract expires at the end of the season so manager Philippe Clement is likely looking at potential replacements.

If Beck does move to the Gers, he could use it as an audition to get himself a permanent move to Ibrox.

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