Report: Declan Gallagher in talks with Aberdeen after Celtic wish

By David Walton

April 28, 2021

Celtic-linked Motherwell centre-back Declan Gallagher is in talks with Aberdeen about a potential switch, according to the Scottish Sun.

The Steelmen centre-back, whose contract expires in the summer, is free to talk to clubs about a pre-contract deal.

It had been reported by the Daily Record back in January that Gallagher was “desperate” to move to Parkhead. At 30 years of age, the Scotland international is likely in his last chance to do just that.

However, there have been no reports of Celtic being interested. Given the upheaval at the club to boot, Gallagher’s dream of returning to Parkhead look slim to none.

And the Sun states that the Dons are hopeful of getting a deal over the line for Gallagher, who worked his way up from League Two to becoming a Scotland international.

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Gallagher would almost certainly have offered Celtic something. Throughout his time with Livingston and Motherwell in particular, he’s shown himself to be aggressive, comfortable on the ball, and dominant in the air. Even if it’s been a struggling campaign for everyone at Fir Park, Gallagher still has plenty of positive traits.

However, it would surely have had to have been a signing done purely on the basis that he was back-up. Celtic still need better for their main centre-back spots, and Gallagher wouldn’t have been an ideal direct replacement for Kris Ajer.

Even so, there doesn’t appear to be much interest from Celtic. With links to the likes of Mario Vuskovic, for example, the Hoops appear to be looking elsewhere [Daily Record].

Motherwell centre-back Declan Gallagher (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As for Gallagher’s next move, a switch to the Granite City looks a good one on paper. It’s the next logical step-up from playing at a club like Motherwell. There, Gallagher will feel extra responsibility and be part of a major rebuild at Pittodrie if the move goes through.

There is of course still time for Celtic to throw a spanner in the works if we feel like it. But considering there remains some uncertainty over the managerial speculation, that feels doubtful if you’re being generous.

Hopefully, wherever Gallagher goes, it proves to be a good career move. But his chances of coming back to Celtic Park? It’s time to put that notion to bed.

In other news, Leigh Griffiths has been backed by a former Celtic title-winner.