Former SPFL star Michael McGovern made his Premier League debut at the weekend with Norwich City.
Ralf Fahrmann went down injured during the Canaries’ match with Crystal Palace. It allowed the Northern Irishman to take to the field for a surprise EPL swansong.
McGovern, who signed a new deal at Carrow Road this year, probably couldn’t believe his luck.
Injury has handed McGovern his Norwich chance
The ex-Hamilton man is very much third-choice at the newly promoted side. He may get a chance to stay in the team now that first-choice Tim Krul is out and Fahrmann has picked up an injury.
It was his first appearance since 2017, where he appeared in a 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield. In fairness the 35-year-old didn’t have much to do against Palace.
His side were already 1-0 down and the Eagles didn’t test him for the period he was on. They scored their second in stoppage time and McGovern wasn’t able to do anything about Andros Townsend’s effort.
It’ll have been a relief for McGovern to get out on the park. Since leaving Accies, he has made just 29 appearances for the Carrow Road outfit.
Before his Norwich stint, the Northern Ireland international was an SPFL stalwart. He started his career at Celtic, before spells at Stranraer, St Johnstone, Dundee United, Ross County, Falkirk and Hamilton.
After an impressive season with the latter, followed by an outstanding Euro 2016 run with Northern Ireland, former Hamilton boss Alex Neil brought him to Norwich and he hasn’t returned north since.
He was a decent pair of hands and didn’t do anything wrong on his return to action.