Celtic winger Luis Palma failed to net from the spot on Saturday afternoon against Motherwell. It was a moment to forget for the Honduran internationalist.

He was the designated spot-kick taker, and he was working on them pre-match, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. He said (Daily Record): “It’s all about variety with penalty takers. I know he (Palma) practised yesterday and he didn’t go to that side.”

One wonders why Palma didn’t keep up with what he was doing in training. It may have been spur of the moment for the 23-year-old to go the way he did, but one will never truly know.

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Celtic’s Luis Palma looks dejected after the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Next time around, it will be hoped the wide can net. Rodgers praised his bravery to step up, although he was disheartened that Palma didn’t score. He said: “He was working on the keeper’s left. But went to the other side and that’s the choice he made. He is brave enough to take them but I’m disappointed we didn’t take that opportunity.”

This season, the Celts have had their fair share of penalties. In the league, they have been awarded the most of any team with eight. Of those, only five have been scored, however. This is concerning, and Rodgers will hope it can be improved.


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