Luis Palma: Celtic’s Honduran Winger

Celtic’s recruitment in the transfer market has been rather underwhelming this season but two signings that have stood out have been Luis Palma and Adam Idah. The Hoops signed Palma for a fee of £3.5 million from Greek side Aris Thessalonki on a five-year contract and has had an impressive first season in Glasgow scoring 10 goals and 10 assists in all competitions.


The Honduran helped Celtic achieve their third consecutive league title and has the chance to complete a cup double in the upcoming Scottish Cup Final against arch-rivals Rangers this Saturday. Palma scored late on to clinch the three points for Brendan Rodgers’ men in the last league game of the season, which was his first start since coming back from injury. 


Palma posted on his Instagram account after lifting his first trophy with the Celts saying: “Thank you God for blessing me so much in this life. I dreamed it so much and now it’s a reality. My family, who has been my engine throughout this journey. My girlfriend, who has been an important pillar. What an unforgettable day. Thank you all for your support.”



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After Jota left Celtic to join Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad, the 24-year-old had some big shoes to fill, and the pressure was on for him to hit the ground running at Celtic Park. Back in January, former Celtic and Rangers striker Kenny Miller was full of praise for Palma and believes he’s done well finding his feet with the Scottish champions, he told Clyde 1: “In terms of a replacement for Jota, he is no Jota, but he is a different type of player. But his numbers are equally as good. 


“With Palma, that was a position that needed to be addressed when Jota left. It took him a little bit of time to nail that slot down, but since he has, what has he got seven goals, up there with assists as well. His performances have been very good. He just gives them something different on that side of the pitch than what Maeda does, with his pace and power. What Palma brings is that technical ability, that vision, pass and creativity, whilst still remaining a goal threat.”


Palma can be proud of what he’s achieved this season, and he will be looking to ensure he makes that left-wing position his own. However, Rodgers will no doubt be looking to add more strength and depth in that area of the team this summer.  


By: Scott Bradley / @ScottBradleyX

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