Celtic-linked Benjamin Siegrist reportedly monitored by CSKA Moscow and Schalke

By Euan Davidson

December 29, 2020

Celtic-linked Benjamin Siegrist is being watched by clubs in Russia and Germany, according to the Daily Mail (print edition, 29/12, page 80).

As ever, a Bhoys signing is never straight-forward. Today, the Daily Mail is reporting that CSKA Moscow and Schalke 04 are in for the Swiss stopper.

Siegrist, who plays for Celtic’s next opponents Dundee United, has been one of Micky Mellon’s key men in 20-21. The Swiss goalkeeper has performed well behind a somewhat leaky defence, which has conceded 24 goals in 20 games so far this season (BBC).

The Terriers have a high xGA, with opposition sides expected to score 1.84 goals when visiting Tannadice (Footystats).

Celtic target Siegrist playing for Dundee United at Easter Road / (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Russian and German sides complicating Celtic deal

CSKA Moscow and Schalke 04 represent very different prospects for Siegrist.

In Russia, the Swiss goalie would be joining the second-best side in terms of league position and goals conceded (ESPN). Schalke 04, on the other hand, are on the cusp of breaking the most miserable record in Bundesliga history (DW). Their 2020 has been absolutely dismal, and they started the new season with an 8-0 loss against Bayern München (Sky Sports).

Siegrist may shine in Germany. However, voluntarily becoming Schalke’s goalkeeper in 20-21 would be a profound act of self-sacrifice, even in a year like this.

The stopper is also scheduled to play at Parkhead tomorrow when Dundee United visit Celtic in Premiership action. That will give Celtic fans and management a good chance to get a look at him.

Celtic have been shaky between the sticks, with £4.5m signing Vasilis Barkas struggling and Scott Bain doing Scott Bain things.

Youngster Conor Hazard has been Celtic’s number 1 over recent weeks. His heroics in the Scottish Cup Final aside, Hazard has been solid if unspectacular so far.

Whether or not Siegrist would provide an upgrade for Celtic is debatable. Sure, 5 clean sheets in 19 outings is impressive, given that Dundee United have only recently been promoted (Transfermarkt). At his worst, however, Siegrist conceded a staggering 57 goals in 27 games for FK Vaduz.

The former Aston Villa prospect has endured a strange footballing journey so far. Whether he ends up at Celtic or one of CSKA and Schalke, his unconventional career is set to take another surprising turn.