Ben Siegrist explains what he wants to do next season after signing for Celtic

By David Walton

June 22, 2022

New Celtic signing Ben Siegrist has stated that he wants to make a big contribution to the Hoops’ potential success next season.

The former Dundee United goalkeeper was officially announced as a new Hoops player last night. His arrival further strengthens our goalkeeping ranks and provides a dependable back-up option to Joe Hart.

However, Siegrist doesn’t sound like the kind of individual who’s going to be settling for simply being a back-up option and watching on until Hart needs a rest.

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Instead, when asked by Celtic TV about his goals for the new season, he put an emphasis on getting out and playing his own role towards success for the football club:

“I look forward to contributing. I look forward to competing, to playing with the best. I look forward to training with the best. The club is in such an exciting time. It’s really proud for me to be a part of this project. The expectancy here is to win and I want to be a part of winning and I want to contribute to winning.

“For every new player it’s getting to know everyone. I’ve played against the boys most of the time so maybe they know me a little bit – I certainly know them. But I’m really excited to see the whole training ground and meet the staff. I think it’s very important to have good unity. I think as a football club it’s all about the family. So just really keen to get going, to better myself, progress, learn and integrate myself into the squad.”

New Celtic man Ben Siegrist too good to settle for being a bench-warmer

The great thing about signing Siegrist is that you can literally put him into any fixture in Scottish football and feel comfortable. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Glasgow derby or an away trip to Tynecastle or Easter Road. He’s experienced all of this opposition in the past.

Yes, it’s different for outfield players who make the step up to Celtic as they try to get used to their new playing style. And sure there will be differences for Siegrist regarding his distribution of the ball compared with what he was used to at United.

However, when it comes to shot-stopping and simply keeping the ball out of the net, the task doesn’t change. The only difference likely being that he’ll go untested for longer in games and needs to keep his concentration levels up.

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But that won’t be a challenge that fazes him. Not with the experience he already has in the game. At 30 years of age, he’ll be well aware of what lies ahead of him.

It’s easy to look at this signing as no big deal. Especially considering the fact Siegrist hasn’t ever played at a club of Celtic’s size and stature before. But that doesn’t tell the entire story here. This is a move that Celtic will see real benefits from next season.

All the best to Ben ahead of what’s undoubtedly the most exciting step-up of his career.

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