Report: Celtic-linked Declan Gallagher to stay at Motherwell

By Euan Davidson

January 19, 2021

Celtic have endured a miserable January, and for fans of Declan Gallagher it may have just gotten worse, with the Daily Record reporting that he’s set to stay at Motherwell.

Rumours linking the Motherwell and Scotland defender to the club had been raging on for weeks. The Daily Record stated that the centre-back was desperate to return to his boyhood side.

Now, though, according to the same outlet, both Motherwell and Gallagher himself would benefit financially from featuring in the delayed Euro 2020.

It’s a blow for the Bhoys, who desperately need reinforcements at centre-back. Christopher Jullien is struggling with injuries, while loanee Shane Duffy hasn’t impressed.

While fans are split over the potential signing, Gallagher would be returning to the club where he plied his trade as an academy prospect. With impressive stats so far at Fir Park this season, the defender has also impressed at international level.

A clause in Gallagher’s contract dictates that the former Clyde and Dundee man is due an extension after 3 more games. That complicates any potential deal for the centre-back, but Gallagher seems determined to stay at Motherwell regardless.

Motherwell defender Declan Gallagher / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic target Declan Gallagher seems non-plussed by rumours

He told the Daily Record:

“I’m just focused on Motherwell just now.

“Whatever happens with my future happens but I’m just concentrating on getting Motherwell up the league.”

Regarding his contract, Gallagher added:

“I‘d rather not talk about that right now because I don’t want to make it about me.

“I want to make it about the boys because they were absolutely excellent. It would be unfair of me to take any headlines about something in my contract.”

It’s an admirable attitude from the 29-year-old. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that Gallagher’s reputation has already been called into question during his career. If he now started making demands and pouting at a club that took a chance on him, it’d be a bad look.

That’s an awfully cynical way to look at things, sure. But modern football clubs are ruthless and objective, and that applies substantially to potential transfers.

Celtic set to miss out again

If it’s the case that Gallagher is in no rush for a move, it’s either a blessing in disguise or a massive blow. Any transfer is a risk, but a 29-year-old playing the Premiership might not the best move for the club.

Or; it’s a sad indictment of the club that they can’t get what should be an easy bit of business done quickly. At the very least, Celtic would get a couple of years of decent cover in domestic competition.

Gallagher wouldn’t be a potential Ajer replacement, and it’s hard to argue that he’s an upgrade on Duffy. Lennon could choose to sign Gallagher and revert to a back 3, but it seems unlikely.

With the disappointments of Filip Benkovic and Mark McKenzie still raw wounds, it’s clear the Bhoys need cover at centre-back. Gallagher could’ve been the easy choice for an immediate need. Now, though, that’s off the cards until at least the summer.