Former Celtic and United coach makes promising Siegrist prediction; what to expect

By Lewis Laird

June 22, 2022

Former Celtic and Dundee United coach Stevie Frail has provided Hoops fans with an insight into our latest summer signing, Ben Siegrist.

The club announced the former United number one last night, and he became the second signing by Ange Postecoglou this window.

Having shown his quality against Celtic over the last few seasons, Siegrist is now expected to play back-up to current shot-stopper Joe Hart.

However, being Postecoglou’s second-choice goalkeeper isn’t something that the Swiss goalkeeper will be satisfied with, according to former United coach Steve Frail.

Frail, who has always previously served as a coach with Celtic, worked with the 30-year-old at Tannadice as Micky Mellon’s assistant manager during the 2021/22 campaign.

Having worked closely with Siegrist during his time at United, Frail provided the Celtic support with some fascinating insight into the goalkeeper, insisting that he has the mentality to play for the Bhoys and push Hart all the way for the number one spot.

He said [Sun Sport]: “Benji’s a top keeper and a great boy. I’m delighted to see him join Celtic because of the person he is, and especially how hard he’s worked for this kind of fantastic opportunity.

“Benji will go there with the mentality he’s good enough to play for Celtic — and I think that’s precisely the attitude you need if you’re going to a club of that magnitude.

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“He’s got the desire to play at the highest level possible. His target will be to get the jersey. He will push Joe Hart all the way to be No 1. Hart is an excellent keeper with a tremendous pedigree, and someone like Benji — a really good professional — could well push him to perform at an even greater level.

“That, of course, would only benefit Celtic, while there’s also another good keeper there in Scott Bain. Benji’s been in Scotland long enough. He’ll know the history and size of Celtic. And he’s still only 30. He won’t be satisfied with being a back-up goalie there; I’m sure that Siegrist will stake his claim to be first choice for Ange Postecoglou.”

Siegrist will provide solid backup and good competition for Hart

After spending four years in Scotland with Dundee United, Siegrist has proved himself as one of the better shot-stoppers in this country currently.

Celtic fans have seen first-hand what the former Aston Villa man can produce and have been left frustrated by some of his performances, such as the 1-1 draw at Parkhead last season.

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Now, he joins the club and will provide Ange Postecoglou with a solid backup option should Joe Hart pick up any injuries during the season.

However, what is clear from Stevie Frail’s comments is that although he may be expected to be number two, he will continue to push Joe Hart on a daily basis for that starting spot.

That can only be a good thing for Ange Postecoglou and his squad, with healthy competition between the sticks, which should push the ex-England internationalist to produce even more top performances.

In other news, The Celtic reality that now faces Scott Bain after last night.