Gallacher set to stay in Scotland for season

City goalkeeper Paul Gallacher's loan deal with Dunfermline is set to be extended until the end of the season.

City goalkeeper Paul Gallacher's loan deal with Dunfermline is set to be extended until the end of the season.

The Scotland international joined the Pars on loan during the transfer window in August. That deal was initially until January but such has been the player's impact that boss Stephen Kenny has moved quickly to tie him down for longer.

Gallacher, 28, who has seven full caps for his country, has conceded a miserly four goals in six Scottish League Division One games since arriving at East End and has saved two penalties, the latest coming in the last minute of the Pars' vital 1-0 win at Queen of the South.

Kenny said: "We would like him to stay and he has indicated he would like to stay.

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"There's been contact over the last couple of weeks between Dunfermline and Norwich with their financial people and the manager and coaching staff agreed to it.

"It's just a matter of tying up a financial agreement between the two clubs."

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With Roddy McKenzie picking up an injury, Gallacher was an astute signing by Kenny, who said: "It was just good timing really that he was available.

"He's a very calming presence and the penalty save on Saturday was very important."

Gallacher said: "The club have put my wife and I in a house not far from training. They've taken care of us just great and the club have shown a bit of faith in me by giving me first-team football.

"We have settled in really well and I'm thoroughly enjoying my time. I'm just taking each week as it comes. If I keep getting games I'll be absolutely delighted. It's a good club to be at and the main aim is promotion."

Gallacher's penalty save at Queen of the South came three weeks after a similar feat saved a point at Dens Park against Dundee.

"Obviously it was an important save on Saturday but I'm just delighted to be playing," he said. "It's fantastic Dunfermline have shown faith in me and I'm relishing the opportunity.

"I have saved a few penalties in important games in my career. At some clubs you get to watch footage. At Norwich we had ProZone and you got to see the team you were up against, the ins and outs of set pieces are all there for you.

"Most times you can watch television and see which way takers go. You just get a gut feeling. Stephen Dobbie hit it well but if you guess right you've half a chance and luckily, I got a hand to it."

Glasgow-born Gallacher jumped at the chance of returning north of the border, saying: "I felt my face didn't fit so when the opportunity to play first-team football came up I just wanted to go for it. I am thoroughly enjoying it and hopefully, we can climb the table.

"The confidence is slowly filtering its way through the team. We just need to start winning more games.

"The guys at the back are all ageing, we're getting grey hairs because we're not killing teams off and are then giving them lifelines. We are creating chances but we just need a bit of luck in front of goal."

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