Celtic confirmed the signing of Benjamin Siegrist this evening as Ange Postecoglou continued his transfer business ahead of the new season. The 30-year-old has arrived from Dundee United on a free transfer and has been a constant source of frustration for Celtic in his days in goals against The Hoops at Tannadice.
The ex-Aston Villa prospect has signed a four-year deal becoming the second summer signing after Cameron Carter-Vickers joined in a permanent deal from Tottenham Hotspur. Siegrist will wear the No.31 jersey for the club.
There is one comment that Siegrist makes about Ange Postecoglou phoning him that reinforces the power that the manager has to entice players to the 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.”
You can watch the full interview below.
🗣️ “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.”
Watch Benjamin Siegrist’s exclusive first interview as a #CelticFC player! #SiegristSigns🇨🇭🍀 pic.twitter.com/14qa2AZtPD
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) June 21, 2022
Scott Bain has deputised to Hart last season but the manager has moved quickly to ensure that there is other goalkeeping options following Vasilis Barkas’ departure to Utrecht. The Greek goalkeeper struggled in two seasons at Celtic and his departure may be a loan but this could be in name only as his career in Glasgow looks to be over. Now, Siegrist will likely act as Celtic’s No.2 goalkeeper looking to provide competition to Hart between the sticks.