Motherwell defender Declan Gallagher reportedly desperate for Celtic move

By David Walton

January 5, 2021

Motherwell defender Declan Gallagher is “desperate” to move to Celtic, according to the Daily Record.

Gallagher is reportedly looking to push through a move to his boyhood heroes after an impressive 18 months at Fir Park.

However, the Record reports that there’s a major blockage standing in his way. If Gallagher plays six more games for the Steelmen then he’ll trigger a contract extension. That would mean he’ll no longer be out of contract at the end of the campaign.

The Record have published quotes from a source close to Gallagher that has said the following:

“He is desperate to play for Celtic and in the current climate, he would be a brilliant signing. But with this contract and the automatic extension, he feels he has a gun to his head.”

If Celtic want Gallagher well enough, a new contract at Fir Park won’t matter

It seems a bit of a bizarre concern from the player’s side. If Celtic want him well enough then they’ll flat out buy him. Let’s not pretend the Hoops couldn’t afford the Scotland international.

The former Livingston centre-back has had a fine season in North Lanarkshire. Overall this term he’s made 24 appearances (Transfermarkt). However, the highlight of his campaign was playing a standout role in Scotland qualifying for Euro 2020.

Whether it’s enough for Celtic to make an offer is another thing. There’s no doubt Gallagher has improved massively at Motherwell. He’s a lot more confident with the ball at his feet and takes a fine no-nonsense approach to his defending.

Declan Gallagher was terrific for Scotland vs Serbia (Photo by Nikola Krstic/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But to sort out our problems you would imagine we want someone in with more pedigree. A player that will be an improvement on what we currently have. Personally, I don’t see Gallagher as being that man.

The centre-back was previously released from Parkhead back in 2011 when he was part of the club’s academy. He’s done superbly well to make a career for himself after such a blow.

But is the timing right for him to come back? Not for me personally.

In other news, the Celtic fans have been reacting to news of Neil Lennon’s board backing.