CELTIC new Bhoy Luis Palma is standing by for a quickfire debut at Ibrox on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Honduran international has sealed his £3.5million switch to the champions from Greek outfit Aris Thessaloniki – and he promises to hit the ground running.

Palma, who agreed a contract until 2028, said: “I could not be any happier.

“It is a very special day for me and an honour to be announced as a Celtic player. I can’t wait to be part of this great club, a club I know all about as one of the great names in world football.

PALMA IN PARADISE…Celtic new Bhoy Luis Palma is raring to go. Image courtesy Celtic TV. 

“I know that Celtic always aims to play football the right way, a team that entertains and has a pedigree of winning and delivering success, and this is what I want to be part of.”

Six times-capped Palma, speaking to the Celtic website, added: “I have spoken to the manager and I’m really looking forward to joining him and my team-mates and starting my journey with such a brilliant club.

“I have already had so many messages of support and I thank all our fans for the welcome I have been given.

“I can’t wait to play in front of the Celtic supporters and I will do all I can to bring our fans good football and some good moments.”

Palma is the Hoops’ seventh signing of the summer and Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips will become the eighth when he agrees a season-long loan deal this afternoon, as CQN reported yesterday.

The six other recruits so far have been Marco Tilio (£2m), Odin Holm (£2.25m), Yang Hyun-jun (£2.1m), Kwon Hyeon-kyu (£850,000), Maik Nawrocki (£4.3m)  and Gustaf Lagerbiekle (£3m).

Palma may be considered as a X-factor as Brendan Rodgers prepares his squad for the first Glasgow derby of the new campaign at the weekend.

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