By Alex McLeish

27th Dec, 2020 | 4:00pm

'Celtic Have Spotted Top Keeper & Done Their Homework'- Exclusive: Pundit in 'World-class' claim

It would be excellent business if Celtic can complete a January deal for highly-rated Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist, says Alex McLeish. 

Speaking to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the ex-Rangers and Scotland manager was responding to reports in the Daily Mail and Scottish Sun among others linking the Dundee United shot-stopper with a Parkhead switch.

Siegrist has been with United since 2018 and would be available for around the £1million mark.

McLeish drew on his own experiences with recruitment and the value of having a top-class goalkeeper on the books in making his glowing appraisal of the 28-year-old.

“I know that recruitment is one of the most important things for any club. I learned that very early on in my managerial career,” he told Football Insider.

“Recruitment of a goalkeeper as well is absolutely vital. They say the international standard keepers can save you 15 points a season, the world-class guys can save you 20 points a season. These are invariably the guys who play for the best teams in the world.

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“Celtic have spotted a budding goalkeeper and they’ve done their homework. So why not?

“I saw highlights the other day of the game against Hibs and there were some absolutely fantastic saves.”

Goalkeeper is clearly a problem position for Neil Lennon, with £4.5m summer signing Vasilis Barkas, Scott Bain and Conor Hazard all sharing the game time between the sticks this season.

In recent weeks, however, Hazard has made the gloves his own, starting five matches on the bounce – Siegrist will be faced with fierce competition should the move materialise.

In other news, a former Scottish Premiership striker has had his say on the Nigerian Championship prodigy linked with Celtic.