Benjamin Siegrist will undoubtedly attract attention for his Dundee United performances this season – but Micky Mellon says his phone will be off.
The Swiss keeper has been brilliant for United this term, a big reason why they currently sit sixth in the Premiership table following promotion from the Championship.
His weekend display was something else though, making six or seven world-class saves to keep Hibs at bay, Dundee United nicking a point in stoppage time as Luke Bolton scored to finish the game 1-1.
But the main plaudits from this match were given to Siegrist after arguably his best performance of the season, which is good going given his standards. Now the January transfer window looms large.
While he’s going to gain admirers, Manager Mellon says he’s got a simple method of blocking out the noise: “We will turn the phones off and pretend we don’t have mobiles!
“If you are going to come to places like Hibs and get something you have to have a good goalkeeper – and we have one. He is terrific – he is top drawer.
“It hasn’t happened overnight and he has worked his socks off for it but he wants to be the best version of himself he can be. We know we can rely on him to keep us in games and help get results.
“From a manager’s point of view I want him working less and know we have to work on things defensively. But to know you have a guy there who is able to make saves like he made is terrific.”
On the match itself, Mellon added: “I thought we played with the handbrake on in the first half. We said we had to come here, play on the front foot and be aggressive in certain areas but it was a bit of shadow boxing.
“But we made changes, changed the shape to get pace in wide areas and get McNulty nearer to Shankland. I was just pleased we managed to get the equaliser and the point.”
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