Gallagher had scored six goals from the centre of the park with his energetic displays catching the eye of a number of clubs, including Rangers, West Brom, Burnley, Norwich and Swansea City (Football London).
It remains to be seen where the 19-year-old spends the second half of the season but, much to Bowyer’s distress, it won’t be at the Valley.
“I’m disappointed. I didn’t see this coming if I’m honest which makes it harder to take. At the end of the day, though, we have to move on,” said a dejected former Leeds and Newcastle star.
“He’s been a credit and a pleasure to work with. He’s come in and put his body on the line every single day. He’s scored us goals and helped us win games. For someone so young, he’s a great talent to work with and I wish him all the best for his future.
"He’s come in, learnt and he’s going back a better player than we received and that’s what our job is – to improve players.”
Rangers currently don’t have a natural-born goalscoring midfielder in their ranks like Gallagher and manager Steven Gerrard must see something of himself in a player who makes perfectly timed runs into the penalty area look like second nature.
Should Championship leaders West Brom win the race, however, Slaven Bilic will have another attacking talent to add to an already fearsome frontline.
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