The Celtic left-back is out of Thursday’s game, which could provide his Sheffield Wednesday rival with an unexpected opportunity.

Liam Palmer’s hopes of making his Scotland debut this week appear to have been boosted by the news that Celtic’s Kieran Tierney won’t play Thursday’s game in Kazakhstan. Palmer, a right-back by trade, has spent the best part of a month playing on the opposite flank for Sheffield Wednesday.

And with Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson also ruled out of the Astana tie, the 27-year-old could be next in queue of Alex McLeish’s left-back options, alongside Aberdeen’s Graeme Shinnie – who has been playing in central midfield for his club.

Worksop-born Palmer, who qualifies for Scotland through his maternal grandmother, won eight caps for his country at under-21 level.

But he has yet to make a senior appearance and may not have expected to feature so soon (not least on the left) given the standard of competition – with both Tierney and Robertson having appeared in this season’s Champions League for Celtic and Liverpool, respectively.

The Sheffield Wednesday academy product is one of three recognised right-backs called up by McLeish, alongside Kilmarnock’s Stephen O’Donnell and Cardiff City’s Callum Paterson – who has spent much of the past two campaigns operating in a more advanced position.

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None of Palmer’s contemporaries boast as much, recent, left-back experience, however.

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