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McGowan provides update on Celtic’s move for SPFL rival

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Celtic are reported to be interested in signing Benji Siegrist. 

The keeper is available as a free agent after completing four seasons with Dundee United and was recently reported to be in talks with Preston. There has also been talk of a move to Manchester United as a back-up. 

Siegrist has had two impressive seasons in the SPFL Premiership, at the age of 30 he is about to sign the most important contract of his career. 

Stephen McGowan has a strong track record when it comes to Celtic’s transfer activity, in the Daily Mail he reports: 

Benjamin Siegrist has emerged as a candidate to replace outgoing goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas at Celtic. 

Sportsmail revealed Utrecht’s move to end the Parkhead misery of Greek international Barkas on Saturday. 

And the Dutch club on Tuesday night confirmed a season-long loan deal on their official club website. 

Former England number one Joe Hart and Scott Bain remain part of the Celtic goalkeeping roster. 

Keen to bring in more experience before a return at the Champions League, however, former Tannadice keeper Siegrist is high on a list of alternatives. 

Siegrist, 30, spent four seasons at Dundee United and played almost 150 games before opting to become a free agent at the end of the season. 

Celtic appear to be well covered with Joe Hart the undisputed number one with back-up Scott Bain signing a new contract last season. 

It would be difficult to imagine Hart being challenged next season but the goalkeeping position is unique, if Hart or Bain got injured the untested Tobi Oluwayemi would be the next in line for a place. 

Whether Siegrist would be prepared to take up that option remains to be seen but a move to Celtic would give him a significant pay rise and a handy signing on fee. 

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