Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass says the Pittodrie club ‘beat off stiff competition’ to sign Declan Gallagher after the 30-year-old attracted interest from the likes of Celtic.

The Motherwell captain will join Aberdeen on a two-year deal this summer after signing a pre-contract with the north-east Scottish Premiership outfit. Clubs north and south of the border, including Celtic, were said to have an interest in the Scotland international but he has opted for Aberdeen.

Declan Gallagher is joining Aberdeen amid interest from the likes of Celtic.

Declan Gallagher is joining Aberdeen amid interest from the likes of Celtic. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

It’s Glass’ second signing since arriving at Aberdeen, Celtic captain Scott Brown also signing a two year-deal with the Pittodrie side, Brown and Gallagher sharing the same agent. Aberdeen have also signed current Oldham Athletic loanee Gary Woods on a pre-contract.

Glass said of Gallagher: “We are delighted to be able to add someone of Declan’s quality to the first team. He is one of the country’s top centre backs and played a prominent role in Scotland’s qualification for the Euro’s this summer.

“Declan was highly sought after and we beat off stiff competition to get him here, but it’s really encouraging to see he believes Aberdeen is the correct place for the next stage of his career and we are eagerly looking forward to working with him when he arrives in the summer.”

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