His debut Premiership campaign with Livingston was brilliant- but a move to Motherwell has brought about success that Declan Gallagher wouldn’t have dreamt of in the summer.
After Livi’s promotion from the Championship, Gallagher formed a formidable back three alongside Craig Halkett and Alan Lithgow, with goalkeeper Liam Kelly behind them. It was the springboard to Gary Holt’s men securing Premiership survival at a canter last term with 13 league clean sheets overall.
Motherwell moved to secure his services and he’s been a rock ever since. The Well’s clean sheet record is 20 and Gallagher has had a big hand to play in getting this season’s tally to 15 in all competitions.
His form over the last two seasons has earned him a call-up to Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad. Gallagher is now well in the mix to form part of the Euro 2020 play-off squad next month.
The Well are also pushing for Europe. It’s landmarks and goals that Gallagher can’t quite believe he’s involved with. There are a few things that have to fall into place before he is potentially matched up against Borussia Dortmund’s teen talent Erling Braut Håland next month- but nobody scares the defender now.
“At the start of the season I wouldn’t have thought this,” said Gallagher. “But now I’m really pushing to make this play-off squad. I’m more than capable, I think my last two games showed that.
“I just need to get my form going for the club and hopefully I get noticed. The reason I got the call-up was because of how well the club was doing. It’s everybody’s dream in Scotland to make it to a major finals.
“It’s been that long. The last one was in 1998 but I was young, I can’t actually remember it! It’s definitely surpassed a lot of people’s expectations as to how well we’ve actually did this season.
“The boys are definitely confident we can stay in this top six and see where it takes us. For me personally, I never dreamed I’d make a Scotland squad so I’m delighted that I have and hopefully I’ve done enough to stay in.
“I think you have to believe. I’d still say we’re are the third best team in Scotland, we just need to keep impressing. I don’t fear anyone.”