Motherwell boss Graham Alexander has told The Scottish Sun that he has held positive talks with defender Declan Gallagher.

Gallagher, 29, is out of contract at the end of the season, and could end up leaving Fir Park on a free transfer this summer.

However, the centre back could actually leave this month, having been linked with an immediate exit from Motherwell.

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The Daily Record reported earlier this month that Celtic want to sign Gallagher, and the defender wants a ‘dream’ move to Parkhead.

Aberdeen, Hibernian and Blackburn Rovers are interested too, meaning Motherwell are at risk of losing their star defender before the deadline.

Gallagher has rebuilt his career brilliantly and now finds himself as a regular with Scotland on the international stage, seemingly triggering Celtic’s interest.

Now, Alexander has admitted that he has spoken to Gallagher and had a ‘positive conversation’, seemingly establishing that his commitment is with Motherwell until he leaves.

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Alexander added that the deal is effectively in the hands of other people above him, and understands a move could be appealing for Gallagher at almost 30.

“I spoke to Declan. It was a real good, positive conversation,” said Alexander. “If he is here until the end of the season, he will give me and his team-mates exactly what he has done in recent weeks. That’s all I wanted to hear. We know at any moment any player could be sold, but while they’re here I want them to showcase what they can do.”

“I need to speak to Alan Burrows about Declan’s contract. I always try to keep my discussions with players purely football. I’ve read about Declan’s situation and we’ll assess it. The way he spoke to me he was clear about it. As a player coming up to 30 there’s lots of different aspects, but whatever is going on outside I was always committed to my job. That’s all I ask of the players,” he added.

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