Dundee Utd's Benjamin Siegrist on Celtic speculation; remains happy in Tayside
Dundee United shot-stopper Benjamin Siegrist has confirmed that he’s happy and settled at Tannadice despite speculation over his future.
Back in January, the Swiss stopper was linked with a move to Celtic as well as Bundesliga and Eredevisie clubs [Scottish Daily Mail]. In the end, he remained in Tayside as he continued his fine debut season in the Scottish Premiership.
However, his future has once again been thrown into the spotlight. A stunning man-of-the-match performance against Celtic drew big praise from popular pundit Michael Stewart. He claimed that he’s a “big player” and hailed his shot-stopping [BBC].
Siegrist has now been confronted with the rumours, but clearly didn’t want to delve too much into his long-term future. Instead, in an interview with the Courier, he explained that he’s settled abroad and happy at Dundee Utd:
“It’s better having speculation about your future than the other way, people saying: ‘He’s the last guy we want!’. I think that’s just the nature of football, if you play well then other teams are going to be interested but I’m happy here.
“You can tell by the way I’m playing. I think that’s a reflection of how settled I feel here. I’ve been away from Switzerland for over a decade so I feel quite settled and happy abroad here at Dundee United.
“What will be, will be. I’m not too worried about that.”
Benjamin Siegrist to Celtic? How to we sort our goalkeeping woes
We’ve discussed Siegrist in the past. He’s a capable shot-stopper who makes saves that you wouldn’t expect him to make. The sign of a reliable ‘keeper.
However, when judging whether he should sign for Celtic, we have to look at the bigger picture. How many goalkeepers do we need this summer and can we offload the deadwood that may not be wanted?
Celtic have already invested in Conor Hazard. He’s signed a new two-year contract and will be around for the foreseeable future. That’s a boost when you consider the potential he has and given he’s only 22 years of age. There’s promise there and it’s good to see him sign on for a bit longer as the club tries to judge whether he’ll realise that potential.
But then there is Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain. The former we’ve spent close to £5million on [Scottish Sun] and the latter our current number one. Neither have impressed, but in order for Celtic to strengthen, they would have to try and find some buyers for the current crop.
As for Siegrist, he should only be acquired on the understanding that he would be back-up. Celtic still need more of a wow factor as their number one. A figure of strength and reliability. A stopper that fans would have no doubt about regarding his ability.
Do we currently have that in our ranks? Unfortunately not. Whether that proves to be Barkas or someone new, only time will tell.