Celtic opportunity presents itself to Dundee United's Benjamin Siegrist this week

By David Walton

December 27, 2020

One of the major talking points was the potential Celtic signing of Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist.

The Daily Mail’s Stephen McGowan reported that Siegrist had been added to the club’s list of January targets. This comes after Vasilis Barkas has failed to prove himself at Parkhead since arriving the summer.

And this was something Siegrist’s agent was keen to talk up too. He stated that a move for his client from Tannadice to Celtic Park would be a “good move” for him (Daily Mail). He also said there was interest in the Swiss goalkeeper from Germany and the Netherlands.

Since then, Siegrist played 90 minutes against Motherwell at Tannadice and seemed to impress. Stat-tracking WhoScored gave Siegrist a rank of 6.95/10. This was the fourth-highest of all of Utd’s players on the day.

But this Wednesday represents Siegrist’s best chance of the season when it comes to impressing Celtic.

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Needs to have the game of his life at Celtic Park

There’s always something extremely satisfying about signing players from the Premiership and making them better. Keeping quality players in Scotland is always a plus, and it keeps any finances in Scottish football too.

But there has to be a case there for Celtic to make a move for them. In Siegrist’s case, he’s having a decent first campaign in the Premiership after helping the Arabs to promotion last year.

22 goals conceded in 19 games with only five clean sheets isn’t too eye-catching. However, in 18 of those games, Utd have only conceded one goal or less. Not too shabby shot-stopping for a club just promoted (Transfermarkt).

Dundee Utd’s Benjamin Siegrist has been linked with Celtic (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But he’ll still have plenty of Celtic fans to convince if he’s to be a future Parkhead stopper. With Utd at Parkhead on Wednesday, this is his big chance. If he can continuously keep out the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, and Ryan Christie, he’ll do his case no harm.

Of course not one of us wants that to be the case. I wouldn’t mind a 6-0 to help boost our confidence further in truth. But from Siegrist’s perspective, this should be viewed as the biggest game of his career. Just a week or so out from speculation linking him with a move to Parkhead, he has a chance to add some validity to them.

Let’s see what the 28-year-old can produce this week. It’s certainly going to tell us a lot about whether he’s potentially cut out for a move here.

In other news, Frank McAvennie has doubled-down on his criticism of this Celtic star who he says is doing “more harm than good”.