Jim Spence claims that Celtic have scouted Dundee United's Benjamin Siegrist

By John Reid

October 31, 2020

Former BBC Scotland presenter Jim Spence is a man who knows plenty about football in Dundee. Therefore, it is probably worth taking note when he makes claims about transfer news about any of the clubs in that area.

Interestingly, with Dundee United facing financial difficulties, Spence claimed on Twitter that Celtic recently scouted United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist when he played against St Johnstone last Saturday.

That is certainly an interesting development. Celtic seem to be in a bit of a flux at the moment when it comes to goalkeepers. Vasilis Barkas started the season as number one, but was recently replaced in goals by Scott Bain.

Goalkeeping position may be up for grabs

However, at the moment it seems like the role of Celtic’s goalkeeper is up for grabs. Perhaps that is why the Hoops have scouted Siegrist.

He could become a contender for the position should the Hoops decide to make a move for the player in the January transfer window.

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Celtic have come up against Siegrist once this season. He turned in a fine display at Tannadice, with Celtic eventually prevailing 1-0. However, Neil Lennon might have been impressed with what he witnessed from the goalkeeper.

Performed well this season

In 11 games this season, the goalkeeper has conceded 14 goals, but that doesn’t really tell the whole story. He has performed very well at times for a Dundee United team that hasn’t been in great form.

Dundee United’s Benjamin Siegrist (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Interestingly, the game Celtic are meant to have scouted, against St Johnstone, saw Siegrist keep a clean sheet, as the game ended in a 0-0 draw. That could well have impressed any watching Celtic scouts.

It is a tad unfortunate that Celtic seem to be having issues when it comes to the goalkeeping situation at the club, but it was never going to be easy to replace Fraser Forster. Only time will tell if Benjamin Siegrist becomes one of the candidates for Celtic’s goalkeeping crown.

In other news, Ryan Christie has thanked Brendan Rodgers for giving him his big Celtic chance.