Scott McDonald most certainly doesn’t sound totally convinced about the prospect of Celtic signing Declan Gallagher.
The Daily Record reported last night that Gallagher was “desperate” to move to Parkhead. However, the player himself is reportedly fearful of playing another six games for Motherwell that would tie him to the club for another year.
That’s opened up plenty of debate on whether the former Livingston man would be good enough for Glasgow. The fans certainly sounded divisive on it. My colleague Euan Davidson also took a look at what he could bring to the table.
And ex Celtic striker McDonald appears to sound split on whether this would be a good move for Celtic.
Speaking on the Celtic Huddle podcast, the Aussie said: “I think he’s done an excellent job when he’s stepped up to the next level when playing for Scotland.He’s no-nonsense as we know. In terms of bringing Celtic to the next level though, that’s questionable for me.
“He’s in a struggling Motherwell side just now, obviously you can’t just blame one player, but form is not great at the moment at that football club. Certainly someone like Declan Gallagher gets it – he’s been at Celtic before, he’s an avid Celtic fan and he’d be desperate to put the green and white on.
“I think that’s what fans are asking for right now especially. The commitment of the players and what it means to these fans. They want to see people wearing the jersey that mean something to them also. I think Declan Gallagher would be one of them.”
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Gallagher’s main sell is that he’s a Celtic man. That’s pretty much what McDonald is saying here. He’ll fight for the jersey and run through brick walls etc etc.
That’s all well and good. But he has to arrive with a bit of quality too. Signing Gallagher would have to be done under the impression that he’s better than what we have. Has he shown that at Fir Park? It would certainly be a stretch to say that.
Look at David Turnbull when he signed from Fir Park in the summer. He had previously shown that he could add something to Celtic. A combination of power and dynamism going forward as well as a goal threat that we were lacking. It looked an obvious signing to make.
I don’t get that same feel with Gallagher. Instead, it just seems as though we would be signing him because he has a love for the club. That should be considered a bonus as opposed to a main factor.
He’s also 29. Whilst many will say he’s in his prime, there are genuine concerns over longevity. Would Gallagher have the years in him to be a long-term asset to Celtic? Are there better options available? The answer to those questions differ.
But this would be a signing that would lack a bit of an oomph factor. Gallagher is a solid centre-back and has proved frustrating for Celtic during both his Motherwell and Livi days respectively. However, is he Celtic quality? Sorry, but not for me.