Declan Gallagher

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Declan Gallagher
Personal information
Full name Declan Gallagher
Date of birth (1991-02-13) 13 February 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Rutherglen, Scotland
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Livingston
Number 31
Youth career
Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Celtic 0 (0)
2010–2011 Stranraer (loan) 26 (3)
2011–2012 Clyde 25 (2)
2012–2014 Dundee 60 (4)
2014–2016 Livingston 51 (2)
2017– Livingston 54 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 October 2018

Declan Gallagher (born 13 February 1991) is a Scottish footballer is a centre back who plays for Scottish Premiership club Livingston.

Gallagher started his career at Celtic but never made a first team appearance, however he was involved in their Scottish Youth Cup triumph in 2010.[1] He was then sent out on loan to Stranraer to gain some first team experience. Despite impressing while on loan, he was released and was signed by Clyde before moving on to join Dundee. After experiencing a relegation followed by a promotion in two seasons at Dens Park, he joined Livingston in 2014.

In 2016, Gallagher was imprisoned for more than a year for a violent assault which took place three years earlier, returning to the Livingston team as soon as he was released; he played regularly in their consecutive promotions to the top division between 2017 and 2018.

Career

Celtic, Stranraer loan

Born in Rutherglen, Gallagher signed for Celtic at a young age and played for the under-19s. He became a regular in the team and played the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 victory over Rangers in the Scottish Youth Cup final.[1] While at Celtic, Gallagher says he trained with the first team to "helps [my] match sharpness".[2]

He went out on loan to Stranraer in 2010–11.[3] Gallagher made his senior debut in a 9–0 win over St Cuthbert in the Scottish Cup and scored his first senior goal two weeks later as Stranraer beat Queen's Park 3–1. On 20 November 2010, he scored his second goal in five matches to help Stranraer beat Girvan 4–2 in the Scottish Cup.[4] Gallagher scored his third goal of the season against Arbroath but could not prevent them from getting beaten 4–3. Gallagher scored his final goal for Stranraer in a 3–2 loss to Montrose on 16 April 2011 and played his final game for the club as they defeated Clyde 3–0. Stranraer finished fifth, just missing out on a play-off place.[5]

Despite impressing while on loan, Gallagher was told he was not needed by Celtic, putting a number of clubs on alert. According to his teammate Nicky Riley, Gallagher left the Glasgow club "for the sake of his career".[6] After being released, he went on trial with Partick Thistle.[7]

Clyde

On 9 August 2011, Gallagher signed for Clyde.[8] He made his debut for the Bully Wee against Annan Athletic in a 2–2 draw and became a key player for Clyde. Gallagher thereafter became a key member of the squad. He scored his first goal for the club as they hammered East Stirlingshire 7–1 at Broadwood.[9] On 21 April 2012, he scored a last minute equaliser against Peterhead. During the 2011–12 season, Gallagher missed ten games due to injury.[10] At the end of the season, he made 26 appearances and scored twice for Clyde.

Dundee

On 1 June 2012, Gallagher signed for an undisclosed fee for newly promoted Scottish Premier League (SPL) club Dundee, along with Carl Finnigan, after Rangers were removed from the league's membership, creating a space in the SPL.[11] One of his new teammates was former Celtic youth colleague Nicky Riley.[12] When joining Dundee, Gallagher stated that he never thought he was going to play in the top flight and the experience of playing in the SPL was "brilliant".[13]

He made his debut in a League Cup 0–0 draw against Peterhead (Dundee won on penalties);[14] he also played in the next round of the tournament, a defeat to Queens Park at Hampden. Gallagher became a regular in the first team and was paired in the centre of defence with Kyle Benedictus by manager Barry Smith.[15] In a match against Hearts on 2 November 2012, Gallagher made an impressive display during the match and was praised by the manager and teammate Riley.[6][16] Gallagher played against his former club Celtic on 26 December 2012 as Dundee lost 2–0.[17] In the last 16 of the Scottish Cup, Gallagher scored his first goal for the club in a 5–1 win over Greenock Morton.[18] However, he was unable to prevent the club's relegation to the Scottish Championship.

In his second campaign at Dundee, Gallagher made a great start to the season, where he scored his first league goal in a 4–3 loss against Queen of the South in the opening matchday.[19] Two weeks later, on 30 August 2013, he scored again, in a 3–0 win over Livingston.[20] He scored two goals in two matches as Dundee beat Hamilton Academical 3–0 in late November [21] and Morton 2–1 in early December.[22]

Like his first season, Gallagher continuously remained as a first pick in defence. However, in January 2014, contract talks broke down between the club and the player's agent.[23] As a result, Gallagher was linked a move away from Dundee, "as Scottish Premiership and English League One clubs have been monitoring his situation".[24] He rejected offers of a new contract from Dundee,[25] and despite achieving the feat of playing every minute for the club during the league season as Dundee won promotion back to the Scottish Premiership,[26][27] he was among four players to leave the club at the end of the 2013–14 season.[28]

Livingston

Gallagher signed for Livingston in July 2014.[29] Upon joining the West Lothian club, Gallagher said he loved his time playing in the Scottish Premiership and Championship with Dundee and opted for Livingston once it seemed he was being forced out of Dundee. He scored on his league debut for the Lions in a 2–1 away defeat to Hibernian,[30] and was in the side which won the 2015 Scottish Challenge Cup Final, beating Alloa Athletic.[31]

Imprisonment and return to Livingston

With his contract due to expire at the end of the month, Livingston chose not to renew Gallagher's deal in June 2015 after he was convicted of a serious assault which occurred in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire in April 2013 (he struck his victim to the head with a baseball bat or similar implement causing a fractured skull) and sentenced to three years in prison.[32][33][34][35] However, Gallagher and his co-accused appealed their sentences and were released on bail the following month, and he was re-signed by Livingston pending its outcome.[36] He went on to make 30 appearances in all competitions during the 2015–16 season up to February 2016,[35] when the conviction appeal was dismissed and he was ordered back to prison.[33] In his absence, the club were relegated to the third tier after losing a play-off to his former club Stranraer.

After training with Raith Rovers during day release from HMP Castle Huntly,[35][37][34] in January 2017 Gallagher was liberated from prison, initially with an electronic monitoring tag.[37] He was immediately signed once again by Livingston[35][38] and went on to make 15 league appearances, scoring twice including in his return game,[37] as Livi were promoted back as winners of 2016–17 Scottish League One.[39]

Gallagher was a regular for Livingston as they finished runners-up in the 2017–18 Scottish Championship, and played in all four matches as the club subsequently defeated Dundee United and Partick Thistle in the play-offs to achieve a second consecutive promotion.[40]

On 4 August 2018, in his first Premiership match for five years, Gallagher conceded a penalty against his old employers Celtic, who beat Livingston 3–1.[41] The Lions had better fortunes against the other half of the 'Old Firm' two months later, defeating Rangers 1–0, although Gallagher was involved in controversy at the final whistle when he appeared to taunt players on the losing side, who then refused to shake hands with him.[42][43]

Career statistics

As of 8 October 2018[44][27]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celtic 2010–11 Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stranraer (loan) 2010–11[45] Scottish Third Division 26 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 30 4
Clyde 2011–12[46] Scottish Third Division 25 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 27 2
Dundee 2012–13[47] Scottish Premier League 24 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 27 1
2013–14[48] Scottish Championship 35 4 3 0 2 0 3[a] 0 43 4
Dundee Total 59 4 5 1 3 0 3 0 70 5
Livingston 2014–15[49] Scottish Championship 28 1 0 0 2 0 3[a] 0 33 1
2015–16[50] Scottish Championship 23 1 2 0 3 1 2[a] 0 30 2
2016–17[51] Scottish League One 15 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 2
2017–18[52] Scottish Championship 31 0 2 0 5 0 5[a][b] 0 43 0
2018–19[53] Scottish Premiership 8 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 13 0
Livingston total 105 4 5 0 15 1 10 0 135 5
Career total 215 13 15 2 19 1 13 0 262 16
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ 4 appearances in the Premiership play-offs

Honours

Club

Celtic under-19

Dundee

Livingston

References

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