Rangers midfielder Cammy Palmer was one of three young Gers to move on loan to American side Orange County SC for their 2020 USL season and the Gers youngster has opened up on the reasons why the Light Blues sent him to California for the year.
Palmer, Danny Finlayson and Matty Shiels all headed Stateside to ply their trade for the Light Blues’ affiliate with the plan to help them improve as players as well as becoming “more mature and independent.”
The midfielder spent the first half of the season on loan at Partick Thistle before joining OCSC and admits it was an opportunity he couldn’t say no to.
“The main reason we are here is to do a job for the team, improve as players and become more mature and independent,” Palmer said, as quoted by The Herald.
“That is the focus and other things come with it when you are on a day off or outside of football. It is nice to be able to go and experience things that I wouldn’t be able to back home.
“We are just trying to make the most of the opportunity but really focus on the football part because that is what is going to help us in the long-term in our careers.
“They have the partnership with Rangers and part of that is to bring players over and send them to Rangers.
“All three of us were looking to go on loan and looking for something that would really challenge us and get us more prepared for playing for Rangers.
“Orange County needed players and they wanted us three to strengthen their team. It was something you couldn’t really say no to given the opportunity.”
Palmer only managed one competitive game for his new side before the season was called to a halt, with their games due to return later next month.
Hopefully, with no football in Scotland for as long as six months, Palmer and co can get back playing quickly and make the most of their time on the other side of the pond.
After being on the fringes of Steven Gerrard’s first-team squad, it’s a fantastic chance for Palmer to push himself into Gerrard’s plans and become a first-team player at Ibrox.