Pundit Exclusive: Lennon told to re-sign Celtic-daft player reportedly desperate to return
Motherwell’s Declan Gallagher could be the perfect signing to solve Neil Lennon’s defensive woes at Celtic, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has suggested the centre-back’s physical attributes, passion for the club and experience of the league are exactly what the Bhoys have been missing this season.
The Daily Record report that Celtic are interested in re-signing the 29-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at Parkhead, and that the player himself is desperate to seal a return to Glasgow.
Celtic have had their problems at centre-back this season, with Brighton loanee Shane Duffy having struggled for form and Christopher Jullien now out of action for up to four months with a knee injury.
Hutton believes Neil Lennon needs a “fearless” centre-half who knows what the Scottish Premiership is about and that Gallagher ticks all the boxes.
Hutton told Football Insider: “He’d certainly steady the ship I think, I’m pretty sure he’s a Celtic supporter as well so that that always helps.
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“He’s 29 now, chance of a big move, I don’t see why not. He’s got all the experience of the league, he knows exactly what it’s all about so there’s nothing there that can go amiss so I think it’d be a good fit.
“He does know the league and he could fit into that Celtic system no problem, he’s an international player now and at 29, you’re probably thinking to yourself: ‘Well this is my last opportunity for a big move, ‘so I think it’d be great for him.
“Celtic need somebody in that position who’s going to be fearless, is going to be commanding and I think he definitely ticks the boxes.”
Gallagher has a total of 107 Premiership appearances under his belt, while he has also picked up seven caps for Scotland under Steve Clarke.
He has played 20 times across all competitions this season, with his one and only goal scored against Celtic in a 4-1 defeat.