Report: Celtic unlikely to move for Dundee United's Benjamin Siegrist

By David Walton

June 21, 2021

Celtic are unlikely to sign talented Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist, the Daily Record reports.

The Hoops had previously bene said to have scouted the player on several occasions [Blick]. It looked even more likely that Celtic would make a move after several starring displays against us this season.

The Scottish Sun claimed earlier this summer that the Swiss stopper would only cost around £400k. This is due to the fact he’s into the final year of his contract at Tannadice.

It’s been reported by the Record that English League One side Ipswich Town had a six-figure offer turned down and will likely return with an improved bid. However, they also state that a move to Celtic is unlikely for the 29-year-old.

The player has received plenty of praise for his performances this season. Speaking after Siegrist bagged a clean sheet against Celtic in March, Michael Stewart said the following on BBC Sportscene (BBC Scotland, 08/03, 22:30):

"Carl Starfelt to Celtic is a big possibility" | Swedish journalist Anel Avdić

“Benjamin Siegrist’s the sort of ‘keeper that, I know he’s made a few mistakes this season, but in general this is the sort of thing that he comes up with – he makes saves. We’re talking about Barkas having been signed for £5m for Celtic, somebody that over the course of the season a lot of people have recognised he doesn’t make many saves. Siegrist, not just in this game here but in general, he makes saves. He’s a big player for Dundee United.”

Celtic hopefully aiming higher than Benjamin Siegrist

I’ve always been a fan of Siegrist, and his form proves that his supporters are right to get behind him. In his debut season in the top flight, the Utd stopper managed 12 clean sheets in 32 games. Another 12 of those matches saw him only concede once [Transfermarkt].

Celtic had every right to be keeping an eye on his progress. However, it looks as though the club may have moved on, and it would be interesting to know whether this is a direct result of Postecoglou’s appointment.

In recent weeks, Celtic have been linked with the likes of Mat Ryan [Sky Sports] and Freddie Woodman [The Chronicle]. Both of these stoppers would be upgrades on Siegrist. They would also have more chance of leaping over Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain in the pecking order.

Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

With a bit of luck, this is a sign that we’ve moved on to bigger and better targets. Not another sign of us just allowing a talented stopper to get away from us because we’re dallying.

It is a touch concerning that there’s been no progress on signings as of yet. We’re now well into June and over five weeks since the 2020/21 campaign ended. There’s no excuse for continuing to stay silent for much longer on the transfer front.

But regardless of what happens, it looks as though Celtic are happy to let Ipswich swoop in on this one.

In other news, Celtic have reportedly taken action on a player Rodgers tried to push.