Provan urges Celtic to move for Dundee Utd's Benjamin Siegrist; laughs off Joe Hart rumour
Davie Provan has dismissed the idea of Celtic signing Joe Hart, and instead thinks the club should move for Dundee United’s Benjamin Siegrist.
Sky Sports last week reported that the Hoops were interested in a move for experienced English shot-stopper Hart. Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster was also rumoured as interesting the Bhoys.
This comes a fter a troubling start to the season from both Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain. Celtic don’t currently have a goalkeeper good enough to be recognised as the club’s number one.
However, Provan believes a swoop for Utd’s Siegrist, who’s into the final year of his contract, should be a bigger priority than Hart.
Speaking via his Scottish Sun column, Provan said: “Ange Postecoglou should ignore any advice to sign Joe Hart. There’s a reason Hart was bombed by England, Manchester City and couldn’t get a game for Burnley. He’s always had a ricket in him.
“For a fraction of Hart’s wages, Celts could sign Dundee United’s Benji Siegrist who’s now in the last year of his contract.
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Celtic already been linked with Benjamin Siegrist; no move appears imminent
The link between Celtic and Siegrist isn’t exactly a new one. Earlier this summer, it had been claimed that we were interested in making a move after having him watched [Blick].
Into the final year of his contract, it’s been reported that the Swiss shot-stopper would only cost around £400k [Scottish Sun]. A fee even Celtic wouldn’t haggle over.
However, no move appears imminent. All links to Siegrist came before Postecoglou arrived at the football club. In recent weeks, there’s been anything but intense speculation over a potential move to Glasgow.
Given our current woes, of course, Celtic could need two goalkeepers this summer. That, however, would likely be dependent on whether we could get two off the wage bill. But in terms of quality, the Parkhead side are currently nowhere near it.
Siegrist is a fine shot-stopper, but he should be a back-up if signed. Celtic still need to find that out-and-out number one. As solid as the Tannadice man is, that number one isn’t him.