Reports tonight, from all over the place, strongly suggest that Celtic is on the brink of their second signing of the summer window, the one that I thought might actually be completed first; the signing of Benjamin Siegrist, formerly of Dundee Utd.
This is a sensible piece of business. We know this guy and what he can do. We know that he’s not only a decent backup but that he’s well capable of stepping up and playing as our keeper if the circumstances dictate that.
He is a full international. He is talented and available for free.
The deal is an absolute no-brainer for us, and the only thing that really might have stood in the way was whether or not Siegrist was willing to come to Parkhead and fight for his place in the team.
I find it extremely encouraging if he does.
Some won’t consider this a particularly sexy bit of business; sometimes transfer deals aren’t. Sometimes they are about necessity rather than the making of headlines. Sometimes those deals are the ones that truly end up mattering over the course of a season.
I’ll be pretty pleased if we get this done.
It will solve a long-term problem and give us two excellent keepers to choose from. He had interest from elsewhere, and therefore we’ve obviously done a good job of selling him on the deal.
It might not be the deal we are all waiting for – I think we all know what this is – but it’s proof that the work is progressing behind the scenes just the same, and that’s all to the good.
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