Free agent Benjamin Siegrist linked with move to Celtic as Barkas replacement

Benjamin Siegrist Celtic rumors have been around for many months now, but recent events seem to have increased the validity of the links, although we might face competition from all over town given that we are reliably informed that Siegrist was the guest of the rangers in the recent Europa League final in Sevilla.

However, with Allan McGregor now seemingly likely to extend his playing career at Ibrox for another season, that option may no longer be on the table for the former Dundee United keeper who is now a free agent.

December 5, 2021; Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland: Scottish Premier League Football, Dundee United v Celtic: Benjamin Siegrist of Dundee United Lears of David Turnbull of Celtic

Yesterday Vasilis Barkas headed to Dutch side Utrecht on a season-long loan deal – this after Ross Doohan was released by the club after a successful spell with Tranmere Rovers on loan last season – indicating there is now room in the squad for at least one more ‘keeper.

Now Stephen McGowan, more often than not a journalist who understands things well when it comes to news coming out of Celtic, has informed his Scottish Daily Mail readers that Dundee United’s out-of-contract goalkeeper Siegrist has “emerged as a candidate” to replace Barkas.

“Benjamin Siegrist has emerged as a candidate to replace outgoing goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas at Celtic. Sportsmail revealed on Saturday Utrecht’s decision to end Parkhead’s misery of Greek international Barkas.

And the Dutch club confirmed a season-long loan deal on their club’s official website on Tuesday night. Former England number one Joe Hart and Scott Bain are still part of Celtic’s roster of goalkeepers.

Keen to bring more experience ahead of a Champions League return, however, former Tannadice goalkeeper Siegrist is high on a list of alternatives. Siegrist, 30, spent four seasons at Dundee United and played nearly 150 games before opting to become a free agent at the end of the season.

December 5, 2021; Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland: Scottish Premier League Football, Dundee United v Celtic: Celtic’s Liel Abada kicks in as Dundee United’s Benjamin Siegrist slides in to challenge him

Celtic still have Connor Hazard on loan at HJK Helsinki, with Scott Bain having recently signed a new contract and of course a nailed down No.1 in the form of Joe Hart. Still, Hazard doesn’t seem to have any immediate claim to first-team consideration, meaning that in theory there could well be room for Siegrist in the first team.

Long-term succession planning seems to indicate that Celtic want to ensure there is a clear path for Celtic B team goalkeeper Tobi Oluwayemi. The England Under-19 goalkeeper performed well for Tommy McIntyre’s side and was included in Ange Postecoglou’s first-team squads last season, but another season in the Lowland League is a long way off. sufficiently test the goalkeeper.

December 5, 2021; Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland: Scottish Premier League Football, Dundee United v Celtic: Kyogo Furuhashi of Celtic is blocked by Benjamin Siegrist of Dundee United

As such, if Celtic are keen on Oluwayemi progressing, perhaps a loan move higher up the league pyramid or even south of the border could be the next step in career progression. of the young goalkeeper.

Such a move would certainly open up the need for extra goalkeeper cover while maintaining a course plan for youngster Oluwayemi, and Siegrist, an impressive overall performer for Dundee United could just do the trick.

In addition to the aforementioned interest of the rangersCeltic are set to face competition from Preston North End and odd links to Manchester United – which, even as a back-up option, seem somewhat wacky – but perhaps the biggest challenge would be convincing Siegrist to head to Celtic as an understudy for Joe Hart when he was first team choice at Dundee United and likely would be too if he headed to Preston.

Niall J.

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