The international break can be quite mixed for Celtic fans. On one hand, it is pleasing to see the club’s players getting recognition with their national teams. But there is always a worry over them potentially getting injured while away. The Hoops already have enough fitness problems to deal with as it is. But one player in particular has been earning a lot of plaudits recently.
Luis Palma is still relatively new in a Celtic shirt having signed in the summer. He was brought in from Aris FC, where he had a good record. It is believed that the Rangers passed on the chance to sign him. Based on the player’s current form, they might be regretting that decision already.
Palma is well-established in the Honduras national team where he is recognised as one of their top players right now. He made his latest appearance for them when they faced Mexico. And once again, he showed his quality and ability to make something magical happen.
A superb chipped ball into the penalty area from Palma gave Anthony Lozano the chance he needed to score the opening goal for Honduras. That helped them secure a 2-0 win for them in the first leg of their CONCACAF Nations League quarter-final tie. The Celtic player was named Man of the Match afterwards.
Celtic appear to have pulled off an absolute transfer masterstroke
There is plenty of competition for wingers at Celtic and even more so when Liel Abada returns from injury, hopefully sometime next month. Palma though is certainly doing his talking on the pitch and has to be considered a nailed-on starter at the moment.
Pleasingly he is showing his form at a range of levels. Domestic league action, a goal at the Champions League level against Atletico Madrid and now shining at the international level with Honduras.
So far he looks to be the pick of the summer transfer window signings. Hopefully, he’ll continue to develop and grow under Brendan Rodgers’ management.