Report: Celtic close to making second summer signing; Barkas replacement

By David Walton

June 16, 2022

Celtic are close to signing Benjamin Siegrist after winning the race for the former Dundee United goalkeeper, according to the Scottish Sun.

Siegrist has been out of contract since the end of the season after his deal at Tannadice ran out. The former Swiss under-21 international left Tayside having made 52 clean sheets in 145 appearances [Transfermarkt].

The Hoops have been credited with an interest in the player stretching back to 2021. Swiss outlet Blick had claimed back then that Celtic had been scouting the player for some time.

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And now, the Scottish Sun believe Celtic have won the battle for his signature after previously holding talks with the goalkeeper.

It comes after the club managed to shift out Vasilis Barkas on loan to Utrecht earlier this month.

The Hoops currently have Joe Hart, Scott Bain, and Tobi Oluwayemi as their goalkeeping options. Siegrist would be expected to be back-up to first-choice Hart.

Celtic set to land goalkeeping back-up

In terms of our summer priorities, signing better back-up for Hart looked like a task that needed doing.

As much as Bain has been a decent servant to Celtic and continues to be so, Celtic needed an upgrade. As things stand, there’s far too big a quality difference between our first and second choice.

Granted, there will be an argument as to whether Siegrist is actually an improvement on what we currently have. However, he’s regularly been one of the top goalkeepers in Scotland and has more than proven himself as a dependable Scottish Premiership goalkeeper.

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This looks like a wise move from the club and, given it’ll be on a free transfer, there’s nothing to lose from a Celtic perspective.

As for Siegrist, the prospect of playing for a club the size of Celtic would likely never come up again. If he does complete a move to Parkhead, his career will have hit a new height and one that likely won’t be topped.

Hopefully this gets officially announced ASAP with plenty of work still to be done this summer.

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