Celtic are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Nat Phillips on loan, with Liverpool eager to offload the defender this window.

According to the Times, the Hoops are inching towards signing the 26-year-old centre-back for the season, with Celtic in need of defenders after injuries to Cameron Carter-Vickers and Maik Nawrocki.

Should the transfer go through in time, Phillips could be registered in time to face Rangers in the first Old Firm Derby of the Scottish season, with the Liverpool star’s dad a former player of the Gers.

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Hailed by Jurgen Klopp as an ‘incredible’ player, Celtic could be a sensational move for Phillips, with the Hoops set to compete in the UEFA Champions League group stages under Brendan Rodgers.

Indeed, Liverpool have spent most of the summer trying to sell Phillips but to no avail, which is why the Reds are now exploring loan options for the English defender.

Yet Celtic could be a dream move for the centre-back, with the Hoops having the finances to make the deal permanent next year if Phillips impresses in Glasgow for the Scottish giants.

Celtic and Phillips are a match made in heaven

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Whilst Phillips might have links to Rangers, there’s no denying that the defender could be a massive success for Celtic if the defender can hit the ground running in Glasgow.

The Hoops are one of the biggest clubs in Britain and have proven to be an outstanding side for Premier League players who have failed to make the grade in England.

And Phillips could be just that for Celtic, with Champions League football an incredible benefit for the defender as the 26-year-old inches closer to joining the Hoops on loan.

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