Ben Siegrist discusses the Celtic Park moment that made "a huge impression" on him

By David Walton

June 22, 2022

New Celtic goalkeeper Ben Siegrist has been discussing the last-minute Liel Abada goal that led to Parkhead making a huge impression on him.

The United stopper faced the Hoops regularly throughout his time at Dundee United. It was his startling displays that often kept the scoreline down for the Arabs too.

That would prove to be the case once again back in January when only a last-gasp Abada winner saw Ange Postecoglou’s men sneak away with crucial 3 points in the title-race.

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And Siegrist has been reflecting on that moment as he admitted the bond between the fans and the players left a huge mark on him.

Speaking at a fan press conference today in which 67HailHail were in attendance, Siegrist said: “I was gutted I’m not going to lie. But I seen the lights come on and flickering and the crowd was going crazy.

“Just the bond at that moment from fans and players. I was just sitting there thinking ‘wow this is amazing, this is special’. So this made a huge impression on me. Although I was gutted, I’m not going to lie.”

Liel Abada last-minute goal vs Ben Siegrist was Celtic Park at its finest

In that particular contest, Siegrist was once again on top form. Celtic had been frustrated throughout the game despite going into it with positive momentum after victories against Hibernian and Hearts beforehand.

And in fairness to Siegrist, there was absolutely nothing he could’ve done about the Abada winner either. It’s one of the rare occasions a Celtic player actually ensured he would have no chance of saving it. That’s how good it had to be in order to get beyond him during his Dundee United days.

And it wasn’t just us either. There’s a reason Rangers only managed to score once at Tannadice last season. Indeed, Siegrist’s display helped United to 5 points against our rivals in the 2021/22 campaign.

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His concentration levels were always on point and that’s certainly something about his game the Celtic supporters don’t need to concern themselves about. We don’t need to worry about him losing his train of thought after going long periods without making a save. He still had plenty of that to deal with at United.

As for Celtic Park, once again it shows the power it can have on opposition players. There’s clearly a huge admiration and awe of the stadium coming from Siegrist. No doubt he’s dreaming of the opportunity to get out there and play in Celtic colours too.

Hopefully, he gets more than his fair share of minutes this season too.

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