From facing a Celtic attacking department worth millions to taking on men from the Premier League and Real Madrid – things aren’t getting easier for Declan Gallagher.
But these are the moments the Motherwell captain is in football for. After a match with Celtic on Sunday, the centre-back now heads to Serbia with Scotland for a massive encounter.
The national team play Serbia on Thursday, looking to book major tournament qualification for the first time since 1998. Gallagher was only about seven during World Cup 98, and after facing Celtic’s menacing frontline of Albian Ajeti, Ryan Christie and more, he’s ready for upcoming battles against some of Europe’s best.
“I was playing against a £5million player on Sunday,” Gallagher said. “Then Odsonne Edouard came off the bench as well, which was tough. Someone then said my next game is against Aleksander Mitrovic who is a Premier League striker for Fulham.
“There’s also Luka Jovic who plays for Real Madrid. So it doesn’t get any easier, does it? But the these are the games you live for and the games you want to play in as a professional footballer.
“Especially a player who is playing for Motherwell because we don’t get these opportunities very often. So it’s one I’m looking forward to. I feel confident about the game.”
Gallagher was a standout last month as Steve Clarke’s men won all three of their October matches, not conceding a single goal in the process. That form must be taken into this generational match according to the Well man as he hopes to make history.