By Gabriel Agbonlahor

2nd Jul, 2022 | 1:00pm

Ex-teammate issues verdict on Benji Siegrist ousting Joe Hart after confirmed Celtic news

Benji Siegrist could be Joe Hart’s long-term successor at Celtic, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Siegrist’s former Aston Villa teammate claimed he can push Hart next season and both stoppers will get better as a result.

Celtic confirmed last week (21 June) that the 30-year-old had moved to the club on a free transfer from Dundee United.

He has signed a four-year deal with the Bhoys and told club media that Hart is a “role model” who he wants to “push”.

And Agbonlahor has suggested Siegrist could be the long-term replacement for the 35-year-old.

He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Benji was in the Under-23s when I was in the first team.

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“He was a very good goalkeeper, he had the physical presence, he had the height. He was always learning his trade to become better, to be better on the ball.

“Celtic have bought for a reason. Yes, to be back-up to Joe Hart but he can put pressure on him.

“It’s going to make Joe Hart better and it’s going to make him better.

“Maybe he can be that long-term replacement, he’s a really good goalkeeper and is someone who will be so eager to learn off a top goalkeeper in Joe Hart.”

Siegrist never made a first-team appearance or matchday squad for Aston Villa before signing for Vaduz in his native Switzerland in 2016.

He then moved to Dundee United two years later where he kept 52 clean sheets in 145 appearances across all competitions.

In other news, Rangers are in pole position to beat Celtic to a sensation signing.