Report: Celtic move a step closer as talks opened with potential Barkas replacement

By David Walton

June 9, 2022

Celtic have moved a step closer to potentially finding their Vasilis Barkas replacement after contact was made with Benjamin Siegrist, the Daily Record reports.

The report states that the Hoops see Siegrist as competing with Scott Bain to be back-up to Joe Hart next season. It comes just a day after Celtic reportedly opened discussions with Bundesliga winger Rabbi Matondo [Wales Online].

It comes after the Daily Mail reported earlier this week that the Hoops were eyeing up the former Swiss under-21 international on a list of potential candidates.

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The Record believes that both Preston North End and Blackpool are also in the frame for the player. However, Celtic would be the biggest move of Siegrist’s career by some distance.

Siegrist initially commented on Celtic’s reported interest as far back as 2021, when he stated he would take a look at anything serious from Parkhead.

The player starred for Dundee United for 4 years, making 145 appearances for the Tannadice club as their number 1 [Transfermarkt].

Celtic seemingly keen on Siegrist but is it a squad role that needs filling?

One of the big debates going around will be whether Siegrist is actually the man for the job when it comes to replacing Barkas. However, there’s another question to be asked with regards to whether this is a role that actually needs to be filled.

As things stand, Celtic have Joe Hart, Scott Bain, and young Tobi Oluwayemi as their top 3 options at the moment. That’s a solid number 1, reliable backup, and a young prospect for the future. Normally, that would seem like a good fit heading into a season.

However, Ange Postecoglou wants the depth at Celtic to be considerably stronger heading into next year. He wants to see squad growth and higher competition for places.

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It’s questionable as to whether Siegrist is better than Bain. You could argue both for and against it. But there’s no denying he isn’t going to be our number one. You wonder, then, whether it would be worth simply trying to go out and find competition for Hart instead.

It looks as though Joe is going to be keeping his spot for next season, but there won’t be a lot of competition under him. Perhaps Ange views the goalkeeping position differently from an outfield area.

Regardless, it appears they want another option as backup. Siegrist does have the potential to fill that gap domestically. Could he do it in Europe? It would be a standard of football he simply hasn’t experienced.

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