Benjamin Siegrist has revealed that a chat with manager Ange Postecoglou sold him on a move to Celtic, as he begins life with the Premiership champions.
Siegrist made the move after four years at Dundee United and will now push Joe Hart for a starting place in the Celtic team.
The goalkeeper has become the club’s second signing of the summer, following Cameron Carter-Vickers in signing a deal at Celtic Park.
He said that he was keen on the club from first interest, but that a chat with Postecoglou clinched things for him.
“I’ve always had the vision to better myself and look for the best opportunity,” he said.
“When I heard Celtic were interested I was obviously delighted but you can’t be too sure until you sign on the dotted line.
“I’ve had good conversations with the manager and Stevie Woods, the goalie coach. I just feel like this is the right spot, the right team, the right club for my personal development.
“The manager told me the vision for the team and the role I get to play in it, and when I hung up the phone I thought ‘I’m sold. I want to be part of this.’ So it was a really good conversation.”
Siegrist is understood to have had other options but said “Once he rang me it was pretty clear”.
The goalkeeper will now take on the difficult task of challenging Joe Hart for the starting position in the team and says he’ll work to fit into the demands of the team as quickly as he can.
“I have huge respect for the players that are here,” he said. “I had to compete against them, which wasn’t always easy. They’re the champions of Scotland and it’s a huge honour to join them.
“The motto is ‘We don’t stop’ and to be part of it is obviously special but for me it’s about adapting as fast as possible and being part of that.
“I look forward to integrating myself, bringing my abilities into the team and that’s the challenge I wanted to do.”