Report: Declan Gallagher turns down MLS opportunity; said to be desperate for Celtic switch

By David Walton

February 23, 2021

Celtic linked Declan Gallagher has turned down the opportunity to sign for an MLS club, according to the Daily Record.

The newspaper believes that Gallagher has been checked out by Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls. However, the Scotland international is said to believe that the move isn’t the right one for his young family.

The Record also states that the Motherwell centre-back is also being looked at by English Championship sides as well as Scottish Premiership outfits.

Last month, the Record reported that Gallagher was desperate to land a summer move to Celtic. With his contract up at the end of the season, the Euro 2020-bound centre-back could have his pick of clubs.

There has been no indication that Celtic have earmarked Gallagher for a move to Glasgow. However, the Hoops will undoubtedly be in the market for a new centre-back in the summer. Especially with Shane Duffy heading back to Brighton and Kris Ajer likely to be away.

Celtic fans will want better than Declan Gallagher; MLS interest shows he’s a talent

Gallagher certainly won’t be every Celtic supporter’s cup of tea. The fact his Motherwell team are having a grim season doesn’t help his reputation either. However, despite the Steelmen sitting ninth and only four points off relegation, Gallagher has been one of their shining lights.

So much so that Steve Clarke has played him in each of Scotland’s last six matches. He’s managed to become a regular at international level, and has grown in maturity this season after signing from Livingston two years ago.

However, Gallagher doesn’t really fit Celtic’s usual quota for players. At 30 there is very limited space for development. Celtic would also have to accept that they likely wouldn’t be able to sell him on for a big profit. It would be unlike the club to sanction a move such as that.

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

Even so, the aggressive defender is still a talent. He’s managed to keep out the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, and Alfredo Morelos in the past in games with bit Livi and ‘Well. He knows how to defend with his back to the wall, and has proven an aerial threat in the opposition box too.

He’ll be a good signing for someone. But if this indeed the limit of Celtic’s summer ambitions then supporters will be furious.

Not to say that Gallagher couldn’t cut it in Glasgow of course. He would likely be a decent squad player. But in terms of big signings, he would flatter to deceive.

In other news, there is one major issue Neil Lennon must fix immediately to avoid more pain.