According to the Daily Rag, Motherwell captain and Scotland internationalist Declan Gallagher declined a switch to MLS in lieu of seeing out his deal in the hope of sealing a move to Celtic.

The player has been affiliated with teams from the EFL Championship as well as Dundee United, but is more and more likely to abandon Motherwell.

It was suspected that Gallagher was reluctant to transfer his young family, but the Hoops would have him on heightened alert to keep operating away from his boyhood team, and he can expect that he will prove that he is strong enough for Celtic.

At Celtic, Gallagher, 29, began his career before transferring to Clyde, then Dundee before Livi. An off-field occurrence undoubtedly hindered any expectations that Gallagher might hit the pinnacle of the game, but he went on to become an important member of the Scottish National Team under Steve Clarke through diligent practice.

In the January window, Celtic was connected with a bid for Gallagher, but the 9IAR Champions decided against signing the man, preferring to stick with Welsh, Ajer and Duffy, the three fit defenders. However, the summer would possibly bring a shift in the workforce with a range of players expected to quit, whilst Gallagher will be inexpensive, he will probably not be top of the wish lists of the supporter for new signings, especially as Gallagher is part of one of the league’s worst defences.