Report: Celtic after Dundee United keeper Siegrist as Terriers could look to cut costs

By Euan Davidson

December 23, 2020

Celtic are looking to secure Benjamin Siegrist from Dundee United, according to the Daily Mail.

The Mail’s reputable Celtic source Stephen McGowan reported the Bhoys’ interest this morning. Celtic need reinforcements in goals after the signing of Vasilis Barkas (BBC) proved a costly mistake. Neil Lennon has been forced to use Scott Bain and youngster Conor Hazard this season.

While Hazard made himself a hero on Sunday with two penalty saves, the coaching staff at Lennoxtown won’t have enjoyed his overall performance. With Bain and Barkas failing to nail down a regular spot between the sticks, it’s Swiss keeper Siegrist who has caught the eye.

Dundee United players, meanwhile, were asked to take a 20% pay cut in late October (The Courier), with the Terriers finding themselves in a difficult financial situation due to Covid-19. 6ft 3 Siegrist, then, could find himself in much more monied surroundings should Celtic finalise a deal. And he likely wouldn’t come too expensive either.

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

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According to Stephen McGowan, the Dundee United goalie’s agent has been fielding calls from across Europe.

Siegrist’s brilliantly-named agent Dr Thomas Kraft told the Daily Mail:

“Benjamin has had an extraordinary season and the last match against Hibernian he produced a high level performance.

“There is interest in him from clubs in the Bundesliga and the Dutch Eredivisie.

“Celtic have also scouted him several times, that is true. But today, at this moment, we have no official offer from Celtic.

“Will Benjamin leave Dundee United in January? It depends on the financial situation at United. You would have to ask the club, it’s difficult for me to say.”

Valued at £270k by Transfermarkt, Siegrist has enjoyed a nomadic career. After coming through the youth set-up at FC Basel, he moved to Aston Villa in 2009. The Villains let him out on loan to Burton Albion, Cambridge United, Solihull Moors and Wycombe Wanderers before finally selling him to FC Vaduz.

Dundee United managed to sign Siegrist on a Bosman in 2018, and he’s been a mainstay on the east coast ever since. With Mickey Mellon’s side likely to make close to £1m in profit from the Swiss stopper, he’s been a good bit of business for the side.

Siegrist has put in excellent displays against Aberdeen (BBC) and Hibs (Sky Sports) this season.