Allan McGregor spent several spells out on loan before establishing himself as the first-choice, and then becoming an internationalist, and Gallacher accepts that he may have to follow the same route.
The 24-year-old is highly rated by the coaching staff, and Ally McCoist believes Gallacher will benefit from spending the rest of the season at a club where he will be the first-choice goalkeeper. While the competition for a place with Cammy Bell, who has agreed to sign on September 1, would drive both players on, McCoist believes that the goalkeeper who sits on the bench will have his development hampered. If a loan deal can be arranged, Rangers are likely to sign Steve Simonsen, the experienced former Everton goalkeeper, as cover for Bell.
"I am in more or less the same position as Allan [McGregor] was," said Gallacher. "He had to bide his time and got there. He had to wait behind Stefan Klos. But I'm working hard with goalkeeping coach Jim Stewart and he's keeping my confidence up as well. That's been a boost.
"[McGregor] got a huge benefit out of his loan spells. I'm in the same situation and hopefully if I go out on loan it will work out the same as him. I spoke to Allan briefly about it all but [it's been] more about watching him as a top keeper. This club not had a bad keeper in years - they've all been top standard - and I've been watching them all. [It] gives you confidence [that McCoist says he can play at any level] but I have to wait and see what happens in the next week."