Celtic: Goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist signs for Scottish champions | Transfer Centre News

Celtic have completed the signing of Dundee United keeper Benjamin Siegrist.

The 30-year-old was out of contract at Tannadice this summer and had spoken to a number of interested clubs.

Celtic were looking for additional competition for Joe Hart after Vasilis Barkas was on a season’s loan to Utrecht.

Siegrist could rival Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart

Siegrist spent four years at Tannadice after starting his career at Aston Villa and is also said to have had options in England with Preston and Ipswich Town.

Celtic make Bernabei breakthrough

Celtic made a breakthrough when they tried to sign left-back Alexandro Bernabei, according to talks with Lanus Sky Sports.

The two clubs have agreed in principle on a £3.75million deal. Bernabei has already said goodbye to teammates and employees at Lanus.

Meanwhile, Ajax have added themselves to the list of clubs interested in Celtic target Vinicius Souza.

The defensive midfielder plays for Belgian club Lommel, part of City Football Group.

Sky sports news understands the CFG would prefer him to go on loan to Celtic but the decision is left to the player and his agent, who have some reservations about his move to the Scottish Premiership.

PSV, Bologna, Fenerbahce and Club Brugge are also keen on the Brazilian.

Analysis: Siegrist can push Hart into first place

Former Celtic full-back Mark Wilson told Sky Sports News:

“Ange Postecoglou built a team practically from scratch and if you look at the full squad, he has competition in many positions. But there are still positions that need to be filled.

“The goalkeeping area may need to be addressed as a replacement for Joe Hart with Vasilis Barkas out the door. Maybe a defensive midfielder and maybe a competitor at left-back, so a player or two are yet to come in.

“Celtic fans will be much happier with the way the squad looks than they were at the start of last year. Benjamin Siegrist has been fantastic at Dundee Utd and you only have to look at where they ended up fourth in the table. You need solid defence, but you also need someone behind you and he’s been fantastic for a number of years.

“Siegrist is someone who can really push Joe Hart. It may take a little while for him to settle in, but I think he could push him to first place by next season.”

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