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Ben Siegrist: Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou’s ‘vision’ sold the goalkeeper


Celtic new goalkeeper Ben Siegrist says he was sold after hearing coach Ange Postecoglou’s vision for the team.

The 30-year-old, who was out of contract at Dundee United in the summer, has signed a four-year contract with the Scottish Premiership champions.

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Goalkeeper Ben Siegrist believes he will become a better player at Celtic, despite being the back-up to number one Joe Hart.

Siegrist said a conversation with Postecoglou convinced him Celtic were the club to make him a better player.

“He just told me the vision of the whole football team,” said the Swiss goalkeeper.

“He said there were no guarantees and I know there were no guarantees because I went to Dundee United and there were no guarantees and it went pretty well.

“I have huge respect for the players who are here because I had to face them, which has not always been easy.

“We are the Scottish champions and this is an opportunity for me to join and I’m looking forward to fitting in and bringing my abilities to the team.

“That’s the challenge I wanted.”

He will initially come as a replacement for Joe Hart who received the number one shirt for the new season after the departure of Vasilis Barkas.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 29: Joe Hart (L) of Celtic and Benjamin Siegrist of Dundee United at full time during a Premiership cinch match between Celtic and Dundee United at Celtic Park on January 29, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland .  (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group)

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Siegrist will initially be a replacement for number one Joe Hart

But the Swiss goalkeeper, who made 29 appearances for Dundee United last season, insists this does not show a lack of ambition on his part.

“I obviously look up to him (Hart),” he said.

“We’ve had little chats here and there after the 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 because it’s a goalkeeper thing.

“As a player you have to believe in yourself and obviously if you have positive conversations with the manager and hear his vision for the whole team, the whole fan base.

Ange Postecoglou's Celtic qualified for the Champions League group stages after winning the Scottish Premiership in 2021/22

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Siegrist is enthusiastic about manager Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic vision

“You have to have confidence but I’m also the kind of person who wants to learn, who wants to improve, who wants to improve, who wants to gain another percentage to improve his performance.”

Celtic make breakthrough at Bernabei

Celtic have made a breakthrough in talks with Lanus in their bid to sign left-back Alexandro Bernabei.

The two clubs have agreed a tentative deal of £3.75million. Bernabei has already bid farewell to his teammates and Lanus staff.

Meanwhile, Ajax have joined the list of clubs interested in Celtic target Vinicius Souza.

The defensive midfielder plays for Belgian side Lommel, which is part of the City Football Group.

CFG would prefer him on loan to Celtic, but the decision will be left to the player and his agent – who have reservations about his transfer to the Scottish Premiership.

PSV, Bologna, Fenerbahce and Club Brugge also like the Brazilian.

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