He’s got a potential career in the Gulag if football goes wrong- but Motherwell captain Declan Gallagher insists speculation doesn’t bother him as the likes of Celtic are linked.
The Scotland international streams with famous pros in his spare time and hit headlines this week after Call of Duty action with international teammate Kieran Tierney. It’s a good chance for the Motherwell captain to unwind amid intense speculation on his future. Aberdeen and Celtic have been prominently suggested to be keen as his Fir Park contract expires in the summer.
It was even said Gallagher was ‘desperate’ for a move to Celtic, but amid battles on the park and in the Warzone, the centre-back isn’t bothered: “The press picked up that me and KT were playing (Call of Duty) the other day there. KT gave me a text about it, but I do love my Warzone!
“But that’s just my time away from football, my downtime. I know a lot of people think it takes my eye off the ball but that’s all just a bit of a laugh. It’s always all talk, isn’t it? I’ve been in these situations many a time, I was in them when I was at Livingston, I was in them before Livingston as well when I was at Dundee, and it’s just transfer talk.
“At the end of the day I’ve just concentrated on Motherwell, like I’ve said from the start. I was always concentrated on Motherwell and what we had to do this season, safety and all of that. All the talk about me moving and stuff like that I just put that to the back of my head, because it’s not important.”
Motherwell are safe in the Scottish Premiership for next season, and while his future remains unclear, Gallagher is focused on ending what he thinks hasn’t been ‘that bad’ of a a season: “I know that something will be done at the end of the season, whether it be here or elsewhere, but at the end of the day I was only concentrating on Motherwell.
“I think we have to concentrate on the park instead of off the park. Obviously it’s not been a great season for us, but I don’t necessarily think it has been a bad one for us. We’re sitting two points behind a team that was almost in the top six and we’re level on points with a team that’s in the top six.
“I think a lot of people don’t actually see that – I think we’re in the ‘top six’ for clean sheets this year. A lot of people are saying it’s a bad season, but I think that just comes from expectations of where we finished last year – third place – but I don’t actually think it has been that bad.
“We’re now obviously secure, we’re safe, and I think now it’s about seeing how far up the league we can get.”