Ben Siegrist has joined Celtic on a four-year-deal; the goalkeeper was out of contract at Dundee United this summer ; Celtic kick off their Scottish Premiership title defence at home to Aberdeen on July 31.
New Celtic goalkeeper Ben Siegrist says he was sold on a move after hearing manager Ange Postecoglou’s vision for the team.
The 30-year-old, who was out of contract at Dundee United this summer, has signed a four-year deal at the Scottish Premiership champions.
Siegrist said one conversation with Postecoglou convinced him Celtic was the club to make him a better player.
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“He just told me the vison for the whole football team,” the Swiss goalkeeper said.
“He said there are no guarantees and I know there are no guarantees because I went to Dundee United and there weren’t any guarantees and it turned out pretty good.
“I have huge respect for the players that are here because I had to compete against them which wasn’t always easy.
“We’re the champions of Scotland and it’s an opportunity for me to join and I look forward to integrating myself and bringing my abilities into the team.
“That’s the challenge I wanted.”
He will come in initially as a back-up to Joe Hart who has been handed the number one jersey for the new season following the departure of Vasilis Barkas.
But the Swiss keeper, who made 29 appearances for Dundee United last season, insists that does not show a lack of ambition from him.
“I obviously look up to him (Hart),” he said.
“We’ve had little chats here and there after games and he just seems like a top-class guy.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to compete with him, it’s not against him as it’s a goalkeeping union thing.
“As a player you’ve got to believe in yourself and obviously if you have positive conversations with the manager and you hear his vision for the whole squad, the whole fanbase.
“You have to have confidence but I’m also the type of person who wants to learn, who wants to better myself, who wants to improve, who wants to gain another percentage to better my performances.”