Celtic have been scouting Benjamin Siegrist 'for some time' as Euro clubs hover

By John McGinley

January 7, 2021

Celtic have been scouting Benjamin Siegrist ‘for some time’ as clubs on the continent continue to be linked with a move for the Dundee United man.

Swiss outlet Blick reports that Schalke, CSKA Moscow, and Eredivisie clubs are all keen on the goalkeeper during the current transfer window.

Siegrist is highly valued at Tannadice.

United boss Micky Mellon recently told local paper The Courier he was the best ‘keeper in the country, lauding his work ethic.

Celtic have decisions to make in the goalkeeping position.

Vasilis Barkas has yet to truly impress, even if it is early days in his Celtic Park career.

Neil Lennon rates Conor Hazard, but not enough to be considered for selection vs Rangers recently.

Scott Bain meanwhile looks miles away from being our number one.

Siegrist coy amid Celtic interest

Siegrist appears ready to take the next step in his career after 33 clean sheets in 92 appearances for the Tayside outfit.

As quoted by Blick, he’s commented on the current situation: “It could be an interesting transfer period, I’ll just let it come to me.

“I’m happy at Dundee United and grateful that they put me in this shop window. My goal is to play at the highest level. I am ready for the next step.”

The 28-year-old has had an interesting career.

He was on the books at Basel as a youth player before making the switch to Aston Villa.

Celtic target Benjamin Siegrist / (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Most of his senior experience has come at Swiss top-tier side Vaduz and United.

It’s doubtful he’d break the bank, and his familiarity with Scottish football makes him an intriguing potential signing for Celtic.

With other team priorities though, we’ve yet to find out whether the Bhoys are willing to invest in a goalkeeper.

In other news, Jack Ross has refused to criticise Celtic for the Dubai debacle despite media probing.