The Livingston players have truly outdone themselves this campaign. They have fought valiantly, and played well for the majority of the season. The Lions will most likely not suffer relegation in their return to Premiership football.
The only negative of their stellar season is that they are becoming victims of their own success. Craig Halkett and Shaun Byrne got linked with moves away earlier this season, and now it’s the turn of Declan Gallagher to be linked with a transfer.
The Scottish Sun report that Gallagher is poised to join Motherwell, with the Steelmen offering the centre-half a contract at Fir Park. St Johnstone are also keen, but it looks more likely that Fir Park will be the centre-half’s destination.
If he joins Motherwell, it’ll be a coup for Stephen Robinson, but a bigger loss for Livi manager Gary Holt. The defender has been with Livi since the League One days, and the Lions have been kind to the defender.
Gallagher would suit the Fir Park side
Gallagher arrived at Livingston in 2014, and is currently Livi’s third highest appearance holder. His service has been excellent, his performances even better.
He has formed part of a back three with Halkett and Alan Lithgow, but if Holt were to lose any of them, he would struggle to replace them. He’s a solid defender, with decent skills on the ball making Gallagher a vital player in Holt’s 3-5-2 formation.
Whilst he would be a miss in West Lothian, Gallagher would be welcomed with open arms in North Lanarkshire. With Motherwell centre-half Tom Aldred’s loan spell up in the Summer, there will be a place in the middle of Robinson’s back four for Gallagher.
He would most likely be alongside Charles Dunne in Motherwell’s new found four back formation, should Robinson not bring Aldred back to Fir Park. Aldred has been a no-nonsense defender during his two loans spells in Motherwell, with a strong tackle and no thrills approach to the game paying dividends for the Well’s defensive efforts. Gallagher would no doubt be able to replicate this.
Not only that, but his loyalty to a cause is unquestionable. Gallagher’s time at Livi has proved this. Motherwell could be signing a centre-half that’ll go on to play with the Steelmen for years to come.
Holt can’t really afford to lose one of his main defenders, but plans may already be in place to find Gallagher’s replacement. It would be a massive signing for the Steelmen if they convince Gallagher to join next season. They strengthen themselves, but also weaken Premiership opponents in the process.