Thriving former Rangers starlet scores in top-flight 'big two' derby win
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Thriving former Rangers starlet scores in top-flight 'big two' derby win

Former Rangers starlet Cammy Palmer scored for Linfield as they put down a marker with a convincing 3-0 win over Glentoran in the first ‘big two’ derby of the season in the NIFL Premiership.

Palmer came up through the ranks at Auchenhowie before heading out on a series of loan spells.

Former Rangers youngster Cammy Palmer scored in a ‘big two’ derby in Northern Ireland. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The Northern Ireland youth international played for the first team in a friendly against HJK Helsinki at Ibrox in 2019 but by the time he headed to Clyde on loan early last season, it was clear that he wasn’t in Steven Gerrard’s plans.

When Linfield came knocking in January [], he was allowed to leave on a permanent deal with the Gers retaining options on his future and he’s been hugely impressive since then.

Palmer quickly established himself in David Healy’s starting XI and within a few months of joining he’d helped to secure a league and Irish Cup double.

There’s no time to dwell on past success at the Belfast club, though, and rival sides strengthened considerably over the summer.

None more so than fiercest rivals Glentoran, who they faced for the first time this season at the Oval on Tuesday night.

Palmer didn’t make the visitors’ starting XI but he was brought on after 20 minutes to replace injured skipper Jamie Mulgrew and he helped secure an impressive win.

Following first-half goals from Matt Green and Trai Hume, the former Ger made the points safe in the 53rd minute.

He raced into a one vs one situation and Glentoran keeper Ross Glendinning’s attempted clearance ricocheted off him and into the net.

“It was obviously unexpected to come on so early in the game,” he said after the final whistle []. “It’s not the easiest game to come into, it’s intense, there are challenges flying everywhere and things but I was happy to play my part and really put a shift in for the team.”

“With the goal, some people will say it was lucky but I don’t know, it was obviously a bonus – it doesn’t matter if you score from 40 yards or it gets deflected off you!”

The win ensures Linfield’s unbeaten 2021/22 record in the Premiership remains intact and they are now up to third place in the table, five points behind leaders Cliftonville with a game in hand.

In other news, here are three things we learned from Rangers’ UEFA Youth League win over Hammarby IF.