Celtic complete signing of former Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist on four-year deal

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The Swiss stopper moves to Parkhead on a free transfer following his departure from Tannadice this summer.

Celtic have completed the signing of Swiss goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist on a four-year deal.

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During his four-year spell at Tannadice, Siegrist made 145 appearances and kept 52 clean sheets for the Arabs after joining from Vaduz.

Benjamin Siegrist has signed a four-year deal with Celtic following his departure from Dundee United.Benjamin Siegrist has signed a four-year deal with Celtic following his departure from Dundee United.
Benjamin Siegrist has signed a four-year deal with Celtic following his departure from Dundee United.

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou had been on the hunt for a new shot-stopper to provide extra competition for first-choice Joe Hart after flop Vasilis Barkas left for FC Utrecht on a season-long loan.

He becomes the Parkhead side’s second summer arrival after centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers committed his long-term future to the club after spending last season on loan from Tottenham.

Siegrist is already a familiar face to Celtic fans after a string of stand-out performances between the sticks against them over the past two seasons, which caught the attention of Postecoglou.

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Commenting on his move to the Scottish champions, Siegrist told Celtic TV: “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.

‘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.’

And looking back to those previous performances against his new team-mates, he said: “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.

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‘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.”

Meanwhile, Celtic will face Rapid Vienna as part of their pre-season trip to Austria.

The Hoops return to Lennoxtown next week before flying out to their training camp at the start of July.

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Organisers SLFC Soccer have confirmed the Hoops will face Vienna at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday, July 9.

Celtic are also expected to line up a friendly for Wednesday, July 6 but details of that match have yet to emerge.

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