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It has been a bit of a mixed day for Motherwell fans. 

While Stephen O’Donnell has put pen to paper on a new contract, committing his long-term future to the Fir Park club, his fellow Scotland international now appears to have one foot and a few toes out the exit door.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has confirmed that Declan Gallagher will be a free agent in a matter of months; a rumoured extension clause seemingly nothing more than smoke and mirrors. 

“He is out of contract in the summer. I’m an optimist but I’m a realist as well because I know he will have suitors,” Alexander said. 

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The Motherwell captain has been linked with the likes of Burnley, West Brom and Aberdeen recently.

But with Celtic expressing their interest, as reported by TEAMtalk, there appears to be a growing acceptance among the Fir Park fanbase that Gallagher will soon be waving goodbye. 

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Celtic are, after all, Gallagher’s boyhood club.  

Ten years after he failed to make the grade at Parkhead, farmed out to Clyde after a grand total of zero first-team appearances, the late-blooming centre-back would be forgiven for thinking he has unfinished business in the green half of Glasgow.  

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