Celtic’s search for new left back addition to the squad proved to be unsuccessful in the summer transfer window and is likely to be a top priority in the January transfer window.
Mark Lawwell and his recruitment team clearly don’t need any assistance from us given the excellent job that they are doing but nevertheless it’s well worth dropping in a name who might suit Celtic perfectly and we can actually all get a chance to see him for ourselves next Saturday when the Scottish Premiership resumes after the international break.
Celtic are at home to Dundee on Saturday 16 September with a 3pm kick-off and many Celtic fans are already counting down the hours for that one. Newly promoted Dundee – last season’s Championship winners – have made a decent start to the first season back in the Scottish Premiership and like Kilmarnock the year before will be aiming for survival and then look to build from there.
Dundee currently are sitting mid-table in 6th spot with five points after their opening four games and are just a point behind both Ross County and theRangers. That battle for the top six spot is already looking competitive.
The stand-out player for Dundee this season is their 21 year old left back Owen Beck who is currently on a season long loan spell from Liverpool with the Dens Park club and has been outstanding so far.
Here’s what the official Liverpool FC website says about the player:
Owen Beck arrived at the Liverpool FC Academy from Stoke City at U13 level and has gone on to represent Jürgen Klopp’s senior team.
The forward-thinking left-back broke into the U18s side in the 2019-20 season and was also a part of the Reds’ U19 UEFA Youth League squad.
Beck, a Wales youth international, signed his first professional contract with Liverpool in June 2020 and penned fresh terms in July 2021 while away with the seniors for pre-season, having enjoyed a successful campaign with the U23s in 2020-21.
He impressed for the U23s with his ability to get forward and impact play in the final third of the pitch, with highlights including a hat-trick of assists against Tottenham Hotspur at Kirkby in December and an outstanding late winner over Brighton & Hove Albion in April, a game in which he also set up two goals.
Beck made his professional debut in 2021-22 when he came off the bench during the Carabao Cup tie at Preston North End and featured versus Leicester City in the same competition as Liverpool went on to win the trophy.
The full-back initially made a loan move to Famalicao in Portugal’s top flight in the summer of 2022, before also spending time at Bolton Wanderers. His development will continue with a season-long loan at Scottish Premiership side Dundee in 2023-24.
Beck, whose great uncle is the Liverpool legend Ian Rush, is getting much needed first team experience at Dundee but even with that he might find it difficult to break into the Liverpool first team on a return to Anfield. Maybe Celtic have the chance to return the Ben Doak favour here by enticing the Welsh Under 21 international left-back to Paradise.
The last time Celtic recruited a full back from a Premier League Academy was Jeremie Frimpong and that one worked out rather well when Bayer Leverkusen came calling.
Earlier today sources at Dundee were raving about the boy Owen Beck with the expectation being that he’ll be regarded as the best left back in the Scottish premiership this year and a clear early front runner for Dundee’s Player of the Year.
So next Saturday keep your eye on the Dundee left back and see for yourselves what you think. Might be something in it, Mark, if you’re reading…