Celtic progress talks with player the Rangers invited to Seville

Celtic have stepped up their pursuit of newly-released Dundee United goalkeeper, Benjamin Seigrist. The Swiss shot-stopper had been linked with the club just a few days ago, which we reported here on The Celtic Star.

Seigrist has been of interest to the Parkhead club in the past and have now returned to the table, with a report now saying Celtic have approached his representatives for talks.

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The Celtic Star also exclusively revealed that Benjamin Seigrist was a guest of theRangers at the Europa League Final in Seville last month as the 2012 founded Ibrox club covered their goalkeeping bases with their veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor coming towards the end of his playing career.

With McGregor now looking at playing on for another season Seigrist could find his move to Glasgow is now more likely to be to the East End, to Champions Celtic.

Record Sport earlier today stated that it is their understanding that moves have been accelerated in light of the Hoops’ interest of late. They now maintain that the ‘keeper’s agent has been approached directly by Celtic and they wish to pursue a deal for the big man. It is reputed that all at Celtic have admired from afar at Benjamin over the past four years he has graced Scottish football, and now they wish to turn their flirtation into a concrete relationship between the two parties.

Ange Postecoglou is looking for an experienced back-up goalkeeper to compete with Joe Hart and Scott Bain – with the latter not trusted to the extreme by the manager. Seigrist has performed extremely well over the years in a Dundee United shirt and it will be a sore one for the Arabs and Tam Courts to take.

But now the game is afoot in the chase for the former Vaduz man and it could be that he will be the first signing that stands on the steps at Celtic Park, before even Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers whom the club are also keen to finalise delas for. Celtic will certainly have competition on their hands for the ex-Tangerine, as interest in his services have piqued in England; Preston North End and Blackpool are just two of the sides fond of Seigrist.

We will wait with baited breath to see what tomorrow brings.

Paul Gillespie

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