Celtic-linked shot-stopper Benjamin Siegrist suffers broken wrist
Benjamin Siegrist, the Celtic-linked goalkeeper who we’ve been said to have scouted several times, has suffered a broken wrist ahead of the summer window.
The Swiss goalkeeper will miss the rest of the season for Dundee United, in a bitter blow for him. Siegrist was scheduled to take part in the final three league games of the season as well as a Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian at Hampden. This comes after he picked up the injury during the warm-up in a Scottish Cup game against Forfar earlier this month.
Celtic have been linked with Siegrist on several occasions. His agent has claimed in the past that we’ve been to watch him on multiple occasions [Daily Mail]. Neil Lennon had also been reportedly keen on doing a deal for him back in January. It was said by the Mail that he would only have cost around £1m.
But it looks as though his chances of a summer move have taken a blow. Speaking about his injury in comments published by the Courier, Utd boss Micky Mellon said the following:
“Benji has broken his wrist, he went to Manchester for a scan and they saw it was fractured. His season is over. He doesn’t need an operation but he has to have rest and rehab.
“It’s very disappointing for the big fella because he has been fantastic for us. Now we are getting to these massive games at the end of the season it’s a shame he’s not going to be involved in them.
“That’s football though, it can be a cruel game at times but what it does is give others the chance to come forward and make their statement.”
Ben Siegrist robbed of the chance of impressing Celtic further
It’s unfortunate for the experienced Swiss stopper. With a potential Hampden final and a nailed-on semi-final coming up, what a chance he had on his plate. Another opportunity to show Celtic and their supporters what he could do.
Make no mistake, if Siegrist shone in the latter stages of the cup, his reputation would’ve been on the rise again. Particularly considering he was mightily impressive in the 0-0 draw against Dundee United back in March.
Many would doubt whether we would even still be interested of course. With no new manager in the door yet, it’s difficult to press ahead with signing targets. Especially ones you would hope would be first-team regulars. All decisions regarding that simply must be down to whoever the club appoints.
And you would then need the new boss to also be a fan of Siegrist. All links with the Utd stopper have of course been when the previous managerial regime was in place. That upheaval could effectively kill off his chances of a Celtic deal regardless.
The Swiss stopper is, of course, given some consolation by the fact the season is almost over. The fact he doesn’t need an operation is a boost, and he’ll have some time to get himself back fit and ready once again.
But of course, you’ll do well to find a club who wants to buy a goalkeeper recovering from a broken wrist. That’s why this is such a blow for him, and could be the final blow for any potential Parkhead switch.