Report: Celtic eyeing up no-risk move for former Swiss under-21 international

By David Walton

June 8, 2022

Celtic are taking a look at potentially bringing in former Dundee United stopper Benjamin Siegrist, according to the Daily Mail.

Siegrist was first linked with a move to Parkhead back in 2021. It had been claimed by Swiss outlet Blick that Celtic had been scouting the player for some time.

However, nothing came of the initial reported interest as Siegrist went on to finish his contract with United over the next 18 months.

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But now, the Daily Mail believes the player is high on a list of candidates to replace Vasilis Barkas at Celtic.

Celtic managed to offload the Greek goalkeeper yesterday in a season-long loan move to Utrecht. It leaves the club with only Joe Hart and Scott Bain as their senior shot-stoppers.

Siegrist, a former Swiss under-21 international, made 145 appearances for United, keeping 52 clean sheets in the process [Transfermarkt].

Benjamin Siegrist to Celtic wouldn’t be the worst move

You can totally understand why Celtic would be considering bringing Siegrist to Parkhead. He was, by some distance, the outstanding goalkeeper in the country outside of Celtic and Rangers during his days at Tannadice.

The stopper managed to produce 2 extremely impressive showings against the Hoops last year, especially the clean sheet he secured against us back in March 2021.

His form for United even brought about links to Manchester United [The Sun]. However, as of yet, there doesn’t appear to have been any parties come forward with an official offer.

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How Siegrist views a move to Celtic Park is of course an interesting takeaway here. After all, he would clearly be considered back-up as opposed to a direct replacement for Joe Hart. That’s something the player would have to understand.

It would most likely be the case that Siegrist would instead be battling Bain to play understudy to the experienced Englishman.

Whether that’s something Siegrist would be interested in at this stage of his career? It’s really anyone’s guess.

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