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Scottish sensation Tony Gallacher has no regrets over Everton snub

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Falkirk's Tony Gallacher explains why he snubbed Everton before he turned pro.

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Falkirk defender Tony Gallacher has revealed he snubbed an approach to join Everton's academy earlier in his career.

Gallacher, 17, has earned a spot in Falkirk's first team this season, and even been linked to Barcelona, reports the Daily Record.

The young left-back is currently on international duty for Scotland's under-19 side, and hopes to follow fellow teenager Kieran Tierney of Celtic by making it into the first team.

Gallacher told the Daily Record he does not regret his decision to turn down a move.

He said: "Everton came in for me when I was young. They were really interested but I was comfortable at Falkirk.

“I was only 15 or 16 but I was on the bench for the Championship play-offs. My dad told me there was no point running away. I stayed and that has worked out well because I’ve played games at first-team level.”

General view outside Goodison Park before the matchGeneral view outside Goodison Park before the match

Gallacher's decision is paying off, with top clubs in England and Scotland interested in his signature.

The defender insists he is not set on moving to any particular team or league, but will consider opportunities which arise when they do, adding: "I don’t have my mind set on England at all, if anything else comes up, I’d be open to it."

Everton are continuing to look out for young talent, poaching director of football Steve Walsh from Leicester City last summer, who sanctioned a big money deal for Charlton teenager Ademola Lookman in January.

If Gallacher was on Everton's radar before, now he is in the Falkirk first team they will not have forgotten about him, and as they search for a long term alternative to Leighton Baines, perhaps the Toffees will be tempted to try again in the future.

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