According to the Scottish Daily Mail (29/12, back page), Celtic now face a real battle to sign Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist.

It’s claimed that Russian giants CSKA Moscow are prepared to give Siegrist a ‘huge financial package’, as they are prepared to pay his £1.5million asking price.

Additionally, German side Schalke are also keen on signing Siegrist, and are prepared to make their move next month.

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Add in that Coventry City and unnamed Dutch sides also want Siegrist, and it’s becoming a real battle for the 28-year-old’s signature.

The report notes that Celtic are still considering a move of their own but haven’t yet decided whether to move, having been unconvinced by $5m summer signing Vasilis Barkas.

Beating CSKA and Schalke won’t be easy; the £1.5million isn’t the problem, but the wages they can both offer pose a threat.

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Siegrist spent seven years at Aston Villa without making a single appearance, and having impressed with Vaduz, he headed to Dundee United in 2018.

The Swiss stopper has excelled in Scotland, prompting Celtic’s interest – but the Bhoys could now miss out to CSKA or Schalke if they don’t move quickly.

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