LIAM Palmer is praying his international colleague, Jordan Rhodes, has an off-day at Hillsborough this weekend.
The prolific Rhodes, the son of Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeping coach Andy, is one of the hottest properties outside the Premier League and has plundered 15 goals in 19 appearances for big-spending Huddersfield Town during the 2011/12 campaign.
The talented striker has also hit six goals for Scotland’s Under 21s, including a memorable strike in the Euro qualifying victory over Holland.
His imperious form saw him earn his first full Scotland cap as a substitute in their 2-1 friendly win against Cyprus last month.
Celtic and Newcastle are believed to be keeping close tabs on the 21-year-old, who qualifies for Scotland through his schooling there and, having been brought up north of the border despite being born in England, and are weighing up whether to submit an offer for the player when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.
Central midfielder Palmer, who has shared a room with Rhodes on international duty for his country, told The Star: “Jordan is very
good, not just on the pitch but off it. He has got a nice manner and a good attitude and I hope he goes right to the top. But, when he comes to our place, I hope that he has a stinker! He is a brilliant goal-scorer but I will be wanting him not to have one of his better games at Hillsborough.”
Of locking horns with fourth-placed Huddersfield, Palmer added: “For players, these are the matches you want to play in.”