Friday 4th August 2017

HE’S one of the common denominators of two of Scotland’s most bitter rivals.

When Hearts and Hibernian have each lifted the Championship title, they’ve done it with him on their books.

Scott Gallacher isn’t quite expecting it to make a hat-trick of first-place finishes in the second tier with Dumbarton.

But he is hopeful of helping them to achieve their goal of a seventh season in the division.

The goalkeeper, signed from the Easter Road club after spending the second half of last season there, has two title celebration days in the capital to look back on.

However, it’s all about Sons now, with Championship business getting underway at home to Morton tomorrow.

Scott told “It was really good to be part of Hibs’ triumph last season, although I never played.

“When I left St Mirren in January they were in a bad situation. I get on well with Hibs’ goalkeeper coach and he put in a good word for me.

“From there I went from the bottom of the league to the top. I said to Neil Lennon that I’d had operations on my knee but they had gone really well, and he was still keen to sign me.

“I thought I might play sometime before the end of the season but I couldn’t get in the team in the end.

“They were a really good team for me, full of big personalities, and there was a really good atmosphere about the place.

“That, though, is now over, and I am focused on helping Dumbarton to do well.

“I think we have really good expectations. The standard in training has been really good and there are some excellent players on board.

“If we were to make more signings, it would be quality rather than quantity.”

Having also turned out in the division for Alloa Athletic in the Championship in season 2015/16, Scott could be described as a veteran of the division.

And he is well aware of the challenge that Sons face, starting from tomorrow.

He added: “We’ll just take it week by week, game by game.

“All we can do is try to win every game and let the league take its toll. I don’t like making predictions, but hopefully we can take as many points as we need.

“Sometimes taking a point is better than taking nothing at all, and there might be occasions like that for us.

“It’s a really difficult league, but it’s one we’re looking forward to.”

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Andy Galloway

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