Sheffield Wednesday: Gray hopes Owls star lands Scottish call-up

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray would love Liam Palmer to join Owls teammate Stevie May in breaking into the senior Scotland national set-up.

Striker May links up with Gordon Strachan’s side for the first time this week ahead of the Scots’ European Championship 2016 qualifiers against Georgia and Poland.

Souleymane Doukara battles with Owls Liam Palmer.  Picture: Tony Johnson

Souleymane Doukara battles with Owls Liam Palmer. Picture: Tony Johnson

Born-and-bred in Worksop, Palmer, an ever present for Wednesday during the 2014/15 campaign, qualifies for Scotland through his grandmother and has caps at under 19 and under 21 level.

Head coach Gray reckons Palmer, who graduated through Wednesday’s youth system, possesses all the attributes to be a success at the highest level.

“Liam keeps telling me he’s Scottish so I think he is trying to get into the Scotland squad,” Gray told The Star. “He’s very versatile. You need one of them players at a football club and Liam can wear several hats. He can definitely do that and so can Sam Hutchinson.

“Hopefully Gordon Strachan might have seen Liam at right-back and in midfield and see what he can give.”

Palmer reverted back to the right-back in Saturday’s entertaining 1-1 draw at Leeds United before the international break, with Lewis Buxton dropping to the substitutes bench.

Gray said: “Whether I ask him to play left-back, left-wing or up front, Liam is totally commited.

“He just plays with full enthusiasm. But on the other hand, Liam now needs to know what that feeling is of scoring a goal. He’s created several goals for us and now I want to see his goal celebration.”

The Owls chief welcomes having a selection dilemma. Speaking prior to the trip to Elland Road, Gray praised Buxton’s contribution in recent weeks.

He said: “Lewis has been in the treatment a long time. He’s an experienced player. He has probably had a tough week in regards to the amount of games he’s had to play. He’s adapted well.”