The news last night that Benjamin Siegrist had signed for the club didn’t exactly come out of a clear blue sky, but there were questions about this deal and whether or not it would go through.
He had other offers, and some of them were to play every week.
Money would have factored into this, but it’s not impossible that he was being offered more of that elsewhere.
We’ll probably never know. But when the player himself spoke to the club website and other outlets last night he had his own stated reasons for wanting to sign on with Celtic; the direct intervention of big Ange himself.
Our manager picked up the phone and spoke to this guy and got this deal over the line. This is not the first time he’s done this since taking over the club. Ange is the final decider, but in many ways he’s also the final persuader, the guy who puts the finish touches on an offer. It only further strengthens the idea that he is in total command.
Ange is the pace-setter and the overlord of transfer policy. He is also the charismatic chief who will push deals over the line if that’s what is required. Siegrist spoke well about the call he received from Ange saying that “everyone in the room knew something good had happened” the moment he came off the phone.
That’s what our manager is all about.
This is what the great bosses do. Players don’t just want to come and play for clubs, they want to play for leaders, for men who they believe in and trust. That we have such a man at the helm of our club is priceless. The club must continue to back him.
And so far, on that front, all of the signs are good.
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