Why Celtic should go all out for Benjamin Siegrist in January
As per the report, Hoops boss Neil Lennon is keen to bolster his options between the sticks during the mid-season trading period and has identified the Tannadice No.1 as a potential target next month. Siegrist has also attracted interest from several clubs in England, Germany and the Netherlands as a result of his rich vein of form in the Scottish Premiership this season.
Benjamin Siegrist rose through the youth ranks of FC Basel in his native Switzerland before moving to Premier League outfit Aston Villa as a teenager back in January 2009. He went on to represent the club across various age-groups and in a few friendly fixtures but never made a competitive appearance.
The shot-stopper spent time on loan at Burton Albion, Solihull Moors, Cambridge United and Wycombe Wanderers to further his development. He returned to his homeland with top-flight side FC Vaduz in 2016 and made 37 appearances over two seasons.
Siegrist was snapped up by Dundee United in the Scottish Championship in 2018 and helped his club secure promotion to the top-flight with 12 clean sheets in the following campaign. The former Swiss U-21 international has made an impressive transition to the Scottish Premiership this term.
Siegrist could be the man to end the Hoops’ goalkeeping issues
Celtic splashed a staggering £5million to rope in Vasilis Barkas from AEK Athens in the summer but the Greek international has failed to establish himself at Parkhead. His inconsistency has forced Neil Lennon to turn to back-ups Scott Bain and Conor Hazard, with the former also coming under scrutiny for some lacklustre displays in the Europa League.
Hazard has started the club’s last three games in all competitions and emerged as an unlikely hero in the penalty-shootout win over Hearts in the Scottish Cup final as the Hoops completed a historic quadruple-treble. However, the youngster did commit a few blunders in that closely-contested fixture, reminding that Celtic need an experienced figure between the sticks during the second half of the campaign.
Benjamin Siegrist might not be the most high-profile option for Celtic in the January window but he could be well worth a punt for the reigning champions given his exploits at Tannadice. The Swiss star boasts a better save percentage (73) as compared to Barkas (63) and Bain (46) in the Scottish Premiership this season.
Those numbers clearly prove that Benjamin Siegrist has fared way better than Celtic’s existing shot-stoppers. The towering goalkeeper has often seen his progress thwarted by a lack of opportunities in the past but he seems to have really come to the fore at Dundee United. At 28, he still potentially has his best years ahead of him.
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Having said that, Siegrist could be a real bargain for the Hoops in January if he is, indeed, available for £1m.