Luis Palma has sent his first message to the Celtic support after signing for the club.
The Honduras international’s move from Aris Thessaloniki was announced on Wednesday evening. Palma, who will wear the famous number 7 jersey, has signed a five-year deal at Celtic and is said to have cost the club £3.5m. (Daily Mail)
He was introduced on the club’s Twitter feed on Wednesday but sent his first proper message hours later on Instagram.
“I am very happy to be part of the Celtic family,” he said. “I am very eager to start this new challenge.” (luispalma10_ on Instagram)
While the post is the kind of thing we see from virtually every new signing nowadays, it is nonetheless encouraging to hear that Palma is eager to get going. After all, there’s a chance that he’s thrown right in to the heat of battle at Ibrox this weekend.
As we covered earlier in the week, Celtic wanted the deal concluded as quickly as possible so that Palma could be involved in training in the lead-up to Sunday’s match. With sessions to come on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, they certainly have their wish.
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Palma sat out Aris’ Super League loss to Lamia at the weekend amid speculation but he had been a regular for them up to that point.
He last played on August 20 so it’s hardly a long time since he’s played in a proper match.
You get the sense that this Celtic story is going to move very quickly for the Honduran. Daizen Maeda and Liel Abada have looked a little off it in recent weeks and Palma could provide an element of the unknown that Rangers haven’t planned for. At the very least, you’d expect to see him on the bench.
A new signing making his debut at Ibrox would be nothing new. Josip Juranovic and Alistair Johnston both did it in recent seasons and came away from the match with a lot of credit.
We’re fully on board the ‘unleash Palma’ bandwagon for Sunday.