Celtic-linked Benjamin Siegrist previously showed an interest in Hoops move

By David Walton

June 8, 2022

Benjamin Siegrist has already stated in the past that he would be interested in taking a look at any potential offer from Celtic.

The Hoops have today been linked with a move for the former Swiss under-21 international. Indeed, the Daily Mail report that Siegrist is high on a list of options to replace Vasilis Barkas after the latter’s loan move to Utrecht.

However, this isn’t the first time Celtic have been credited with an interest in the player. Indeed, back in 2021, Swiss outlet Blick had reported that the Hoops had been scouting the player for some time.

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Nothing would come of it, but Siegrist was asked by Blick as to what he thought about the Celtic speculation.

Speaking at the time and as quoted by the outlet, the player said: “If there is interest (from Celtic), I’ll take a close look. I don’t want to force a change, but I am already aiming for the next step in my career.”

Siegrist is now a free agent after his Dundee United contract expired at the end of the season.

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There’s no denying that it’s a real honour for players when they sign for Celtic. Especially those who do so during the latter stages of the career when we’re the biggest club they’ve signed for.

Siegrist would fall into that bracker. And should Celtic move for him, he will have a major decision to make. This isn’t just like Football Manager where you offer a player from a smaller club a deal and they automatically accept it. The Swiss goalkeeper needs to weight everything up.

He’s yet to seriously be a part of a big club in his career. A UCL level club. Celtic could offer him that of course and no doubt regular squad appearances too. But at the same time, he would be the back-up to Joe Hart and minutes likely wouldn’t come his way on a regular basis. Ange simply wants to bolster his depth options and that’s what Siegrist would need to understand before he signs any contract.

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Alternatively, he could go to a smaller club elsewhere and play regularly. However, he would always have that burning question at the back of his mind about never having played for a major outfit.

It’s a big decision for him if he’s lucky enough to get the call from Parkhead. It’s important to stress that no offer has, as of yet, been reportedly put to the player. At the moment, this remains just speculation over our interest.

It’ll be interesting to see how this one pans out. You do get the sense that both parties would be good for each other. Let’s see if they both see it that way.

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