EFL boss talks up why Celtic should sign free agent Benjamin Siegrist
Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon has urged Celtic to snap up former player Benjamin Siegrist as he explained why he would be a success.
Last week, the Hoops were linked with a move for the ex-Dundee United goalkeeper, who played under Mellon at Tannadice last season [Daily Mail]. It wasn’t long after the initial report surfaced that the Hoops had apparently opened talks with the player too [Daily Record].
As of yet, there has been no update on whether Celtic have moved forward with their interest. However, it looks as though they could indeed be in the market for a new goalkeeper.
And as he reacted to the transfer news, Mellon pushed Siegrist for Celtic as he stated he had the “ambition and character” to make an impression at Lennoxtown.
As quoted by the Sunday Mail, [Print edition, 12/06, page 58], Mellon said: “Siegrist is a great keeper. A fantastic guy with a top work ethic too. He would be a great signing for Celtic because he has the ambition and character to do well there.
“There would be absolutely no problem with Benji’s temperament – he can handle playing for Celtic. With the amount of games they will have next season domestically and in Europe, they’ll need two keepers. All the big clubs need that to be successful now. And Siegrist alongside Joe Hart next season would give Celtic two brilliant options.”
Would Benjamin Siegrist offer Celtic an upgrade on Scott Bain?
This is the big question Celtic need to ask themselves here. Is Siegrist truly an upgrade on current number 2 Scott Bain? If they believe that to the be case, it only go to strengthen the case to move for him.
However, you have to believe that there isn’t a lot of faith in Bain in any case. Why? Because we wouldn’t currently be in the market for a shot-stopper if we already felt we had 2 reliable options. It would be a case of Joe Hart, Bain, and Tobi Oluwayemi as our options.
So it’s starting to look as if Celtic want to increase the quality of their back-up option to Hart. Whether that’s harsh on Bain or not, there is a big question to be asked about whether he’s actually good enough to be the number 2 to Hart.
Siegrist has an impressive record at Tannadice to his name no doubt. He racked up 52 clean sheets in 145 appearances at United and only conceded on average one per game. Not bad considering the club he was playing for [Transfermarkt].
Personally, I think he would be an upgrade on Bain. He’s a better shot-stopper and appears to be extremely comfortable with the ball at his feet. He’s never once been daunted against a higher quality of opposition and has a proven record of impressive performances against the likes of Celtic and Rangers.
If it’s a solid back-up option we’re looking for, is there really any risk in bringing Siegrist to the club?