Celtic had been long linked to Motherwell defender Declan Gallagher.
A former Celtic Academy player, Gallagher had enjoyed a somewhat nomadic career, before settling at Fir Park. While playing for the Steelmen, the ex-Bhoys youth prospect became the side’s captain, and got into Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad. As part of a famous side who qualified for Euro 2020, Gallagher will surely be headed to Scotland’s first major tournament since 1998.
But not to Celtic. Earlier this evening, it was confirmed that Gallagher is moving to Aberdeen on a pre-contract deal [BBC]. That means Stephen Glass’ Dons side have now signed two captains from the Scottish Premiership. Scott Brown is headed up to the North East after two last games with the Bhoys.
Celtic fans, and writers, were split over whether Gallagher would’ve been a good fit for us. There were persistent rumours linking the Scotland international to a Paradise return. In January, the defender was said to be “desperate” to come back to the club he left as a teenager [Daily Record].
But while our club dither on a range of issues, Aberdeen have got their man.
Celtic supporters react to Declan Gallagher news
Of course, the Celtic family had plenty to say about Declan Gallagher not getting his move back to the East End of Glasgow.
— Eddie💙 (@eddiedoch) May 6, 2021
Happy days, I was absolutely riddled with the fear at the prospect of @CelticFC buying him.
— SeánSeosamh 🐊 (@seanseosamh34) May 6, 2021
Brilliant signing for Aberdeen, shaping up to have a decent squad next season 👏🏻
— Mr Hoops (@UpdatesCeltic) May 6, 2021
Good deal for both parties.
— Stephen 🍀 (@Ste_1888) May 6, 2021
B good signing for them
— Martin Clark (@MartinC23269240) May 6, 2021
— Celtic News Donegal (@news_donegal) May 6, 2021
— StupendousShved (@StupendousShved) May 6, 2021
Our view: a good player, but not a Celtic player
Declan Gallagher is clearly a talented player. He’s someone who’s overcome some difficulties in his personal life, and turned his career around. He can definitely be proud of what he’s achieved at Motherwell, and Aberdeen is a great opportunity for him.
At 29, though, he was never likely to be a permanent Celtic signing. It just seemed unfeasible, and he wasn’t going to be an improvement on what we have now. Even international captains have struggled with the weight of the jersey.
Undoubtedly, the guy’s a Premiership talent. But considering the sudden shift in the atmosphere at Celtic Park, a Motherwell defender wasn’t going to get pulses racing.
Just like it is for Broony, this is a good move for Gallagher. Stephen Glass is building a very interesting side indeed.