Ben Siegrist explains why he's signed 4-year deal at Celtic; Ange phone call plays part

By John McGinley

June 21, 2022

Ben Siegrist has been speaking excitedly about signing a four-year deal at Celtic, joining the club after his contract expired at Dundee United.

Siegrist told the official club website: “It feels amazing, it’s a very proud feeling to be here, and I’m really, really excited. I can’t wait to get going and meet the staff, the players, and, ultimately play for this football club.

“I had a phone call from the manager, he hung up the phone and I think people just knew straight away that something good was happening. It was a very proud moment in my career.

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“To be here and be representing the football team, the colours, the city and everything, it’s a hugely proud moment, and everything I’ve always wanted to be – at a top environment, at a top team and it simply can’t get any better than this.

“Of course you know you’re going to be busy playing against such a talented side and international players so I was never short of motivation. And to be here and competing now for Celtic is just amazing.

“You’re never short of motivation when you play against the best, and ultimately I want to play before the best and compete against the best.

“So, obviously coming here and playing here is a different vibe, it’s a different stadium and it can be too big for you, but I’ve always enjoyed the big occasions and that’s something I want to bring here as well.

“I’ve had a good chat with the manager, and his vision for the club, and this is the perfect fit.”

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Celtic have been linked with a move for Siegrist as long ago as 2020 when it was reported scouts had been watching his progress.

Multiple reports have emerged thereafter, with the interest never really going away despite multiple goalkeepers being signed in the period since.

With Vasilis Barkas moving on loan to FC Utrecht, another solid option was needed in the goalkeeping pool, with Joe Hart set to continue as the number one choice – at least initially.

Siegrist has admirers in the Scottish Premiership and in time he could look to rival the Englishman for minutes in Ange Postecoglou’s team.

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It seems certain he’ll be above Scott Bain in the pecking order, at least.

Siegrist becomes Celtic’s second signing of the summer transfer window with Jota and Alexandro Bernabei also reported to be signed up over the next few days.

It’s exciting times for the Celtic support as Postecoglou continues to build a competitive squad for next season’s efforts.

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