Declan Gallagher to Celtic prospect has Hoops fans in disagreement

By David Walton

January 5, 2021

The prospect of Declan Gallagher to Celtic has unsurprisingly split plenty of supporters.

The Daily Record reported last night that Gallagher was “desperate” for a move to Celtic. They claimed that he’s concerned over a clause in his contract that would see him extend his deal if he played six more games.

The report says this is something that could block a potential move to Glasgow. That’s despite the fact Celtic could quite clearly afford him even if he was under contract.

Regardless, there’s a bigger question to be asked here on Celtic’s side. Whether he would actually be an improvement on what we have. Does he slip into Christopher Jullien’s shoes seamlessly? Can he really be a viable partner for Kristoffer Ajer?

Celtic are in need of defensive reinforcements. Of that there’s no doubt. Jullien is out for several months whilst Bitton has shown he perhaps shouldn’t be trusted at the back for big games. Shane Duffy has been utterly dreadful whilst there are no assurances over Ajer’s future either.

Prospect of Declan Gallagher to Celtic isn’t everyone’s cup of tea

I even put forward the opinion yesterday that Celtic should throw Stephen Welsh back into the mix. That’s how lacking we now ar in options. Not that Welsh isn’t a decent player. He’ll go on to have a brilliant Parkhead career. But it’s a sign of how stretched our options are.

Yet the report from the Record makes it sound as though Gallagher is hoping we move at the end of the season. Celtic need someone in now. If we’re not interested in him at this stage then what’s the point? Any signing we make in January we would hope will be a long-term staple of our back-line.

Celtic-linked Declan Gallagher in action for Motherwell (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Supporters, however, are not all convinced that man is Gallagher. Despite consistently impressing for Livingston and Motherwell respectively, some believe he’s not of the required standard. That’s despite leading Scotland to Euro 2020 with dominant displays against Israel and Serbia.

It’s a question of whether we can attract better. Do our answers to securing the 10 really sit at Fir Park just now? It’s difficult to believe that’s the case, especially with the turmoil they’re currently in.

Regardless, as this story starts attracting attention, we take a look at some of the fan reaction to it: