For years we’ve seen stories of how Rangers have ‘hijacked’ a Celtic target or Celtic ‘nicked’ a players Rangers were going for, but the Luis Palma prose certainly has us giggling.
At no point was our interest in Palma anything more than enquiries – we understand the Honduran did meet Rangers manager Michael Beale but the fit wasn’t right and the manager moved on.
And looking at Palma’s stats they’re nothing spectacular at all, especially in a fairly modest league that is Greece, plying his trade as he does with Aris.
So it’s with amusement that a player we rejected long ago is now reportedly being snapped up by Celtic in what can only be described as a desperate attempt at column inches, clickbait, or even more funny, Rodgers taking our sloppy seconds.
We didn’t want Palma, it was a courtesy call to see how the manager felt about him, and he didn’t like the lad so we didn’t pursue it beyond a chat – and now Celtic are moving in and reportedly signing him instead.
Is this meant to be a ‘dig’ at Rangers in some way? A weird attempt at ‘we got a player you wanted’ by all things Celtic?
Bear in mind, a major reason we didn’t take Palma, aside the fit, was his agent’s being adamant he wanted the Premier League. That a move to Rangers was a stepping stone to the Premier League.
Now, we all know most players want to end up there, that’s no secret. But outwardly saying so even before you join a Scottish club? That’s not a good look. We’d have been signing a player who is clear that he sees this as temporary and wants a bigger and better deal in his career.
We already had one South American loser mouthing off for 6 years about how desperate he was to play in the Premier League – even to this day despite leaving Ibrox, Alfredo Morelos still divides Rangers fans.
We don’t need that again. And that lot across the city are more than welcome to take Rangers’ cast-offs if they so wish.
True, we bungled on John Hartson but that’s a hell of a long time ago.
Luis Palma is of no interest anymore.