Coach greets player released by Celtic and linked to West Brom

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Motherwell defender Declan Gallagher has become an “exceptional” player since he was fired by Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, Hoops youth coach Chris McCart told the Daily Record.

Celtic fans could be forgiven for watching with envy as a Lanarkshire-born defender put on a performance that would make William Wallace proud last week.

Ryan Christie and David Marshall may have made the headlines after Scotland’s dramatic final European Championship play-off win over Serbia, but Gallagher also played a role in that heartbreaking success.

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The bruising 6-foot-6 Motherwell was unstoppable in Steve Clarke’s last three, dominating Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic from start to finish and earning a host of headers.

The irony will not be lost on Celtic fans that as Gallagher thrives for the club and the country, Neil Lennon’s increasingly ramshackle side continues to send goals at an alarming rate, including seven in 13 games before the international break in November. .

“I look at Declan Gallagher,” McCart says of a man liberated by the Glasgow giants when he was young.

“He was part of a team that won the Scottish Youth Cup in 2010 and you could see he was a leader.

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“He went to Stranraer and his career took him on a different path. But look where it’s gotten him. He has matured into an exceptional player ”.

After helping guide Motherwell to third place last season and Scotland to a major tournament for the first time this century, TEAMtalk reports that Gallagher has become a target for the Premier League trio Sheffield United, West Brom and Burnley.

But if Celtic want to stop the rot and solve their main set-piece problem, perhaps they should consider offering Gallagher a second chance in green and white?

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