Clyde manager Danny Lennon has raved about former Rangers player Cammy Palmer following his permanent move to Linfield [Daily Record].
Palmer captained the Rangers Reserves to the 2018/19 league title and had subsequently represented both Partick Thistle and Orange County SC before joining Clyde in October on a loan deal that had been due to last until the end of the season.
As a result of an injury picked up in a nightmare debut, the 20-year-old was only able to turn out three times for the Bully Wee before the suspension of all leagues below the Championship and his loan club were powerless to stop Linfield swooping.
Lennon was very impressed by Palmer despite his relative lack of playing time, though.
“Cammy was a pleasure, he was great to work with, and out of all these loan things that come off, the most important thing is always the player,” he said [Daily Record]. “Rangers were always totally up front in that if we did take him on loan there was always a possibility of him moving on.”
“I rated Cammy very highly. He was a quiet boy but that came out of him on the pitch.
“He handled the ball well, broke play up and I thought he was brilliant at getting close to people, making players uncomfortable and intercepting, and getting you started on the counter-attack. I thought he was brilliant at that, he had great energy levels, and he also handled the ball very well.”
Palmer didn’t make a senior competitive appearance for the Gers but he did turn out for the first-team in a friendly against HJK Helsinki at Ibrox in January 2019, so Steven Gerrard clearly also saw some real promise in him as a player.
Yet, with a number of established internationals competing for the midfield spots in the first team and other Academy prospects like Stephen Kelly also emerging, it was always going to be tough for Palmer to earn a contract extension.
Linfield represents a good move for the Northern Ireland youth international, though, who will be competing for the NIFL Premiership title at Windsor Park.
The Blues’ weekend fixture against Dungannon Swifts was postponed but Palmer could make his debut in a home game against Portadown on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, an in-demand reported Rangers target scored his seventh goal in seven games in a European league on Sunday afternoon.