SHEFFIELD UNITED: Young Liam ready for Blades boo boys

Flashback: Rovers ace Liam Palmer, left, holds off Chesterfield's Sam Togwell.      Picture: Steve parkin
Flashback: Rovers ace Liam Palmer, left, holds off Chesterfield's Sam Togwell. Picture: Steve parkin

WORKSOP-born Liam Palmer is expecting a frosty reception from Sheffield United’s fans this weekend.

The Tranmere Rovers midfielder, on a six-month loan deal from the Blades fierce rivals Sheffield Wednesday, is expected to make his 24th appearance for the League One leaders in their top-of-the-table clash at Bramall Lane.

“When I joined Tranmere this summer it was the first fixture I looked for, to see when it was,” said Palmer, who has never featured in a Steel City derby. “I’ve had December 15 in my head ever since. I’m really looking forward to it.

“Personally, it would be great to me if we could get a win on Saturday, with my Sheffield connections. I expect to get some stick from the United fans but hopefully that will make me play better.”

Palmer, who has represented Scotland at Under-21 level, has yet to get off the mark since moving to Prenton Park on a temporary basis and admits he would love to open his account against United.

Palmer, a graduate of the Owls youth system, added: “Hopefully it’s written in the stars. If not, I will take a win or a good result.”