Ben Siegrist addresses Joe Hart competition at Celtic; namechecks behind-the-scenes coach

By John McGinley

June 21, 2022

New Celtic signing Ben Siegrist can’t wait to get started at Lennoxtown working with goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods and his competition for first-team action.

Siegrist has officially joined the club on a four-year deal after his contract expired at former club Dundee United.

With plenty of Scottish Premiership experience under his belt, he’s well placed to push number one Joe Hart for a place in Ange Postecoglou’s match day eleven.

In fact, he intends to do exactly that, despite undoubtedly having a lot of respect for the Englishman.

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Siegrist told the official club website: “Joe needs no introduction, Joe was a role model and he’s still is a role model for me. I’ll look up to him and he’s such an imposing figure in the goal with loads of experience – winning titles in England and obviously just being around him, I want to learn as much as possible.

“But I want to compete, I want to push him, he’s certainly going to push me all the way. I look forward to the whole Goalkeeping Union with Scott Bain as well – the GK Union, we’re special so I look forward to a good relationship with all the goalkeepers.”

Siegrist also named Woods as a factor that attracted him to the Bhoys, going on to say: “I’ve had a good chat with the manager, and his vision for the club, and this is the perfect fit.

“I wanted to be part of it. I know his system is somewhat different than what I’m used to playing, but I’ll look forward to better myself and to learning the system, and making sure I can be relied upon.

“I’ve heard very good things about the goalie coach, Stevie Woods. I think everybody’s told me he’s the best, best, best, so, it’s a match made in Heaven because I want to work and want to improve. I feel like this is the perfect opportunity for me to do so at such a great football club.”

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Siegrist has his work cut out to get ahead of Hart in Postecoglou’s plans, given how trusted the Celtic favourite has become over the last 12 months.

Hart is not only an excellent goalkeeper, but has become a senior leader in the dressing room, striking up a great rapport with the players and supporters.

Nonetheless, it’s great to hear the Swiss player speak positively about his task ahead. It sounds like he intends to work as hard as possible in order to push Hart as far as he can.

It’s exactly what we want.

In other news, Video: Celtic-bound Alexandro Bernabei appears to say goodbye to Lanus dressing room.