Sheffield Wednesday full-back Liam Palmer has praised his teammate and fellow Scotland international Steven Fletcher.
The Scottish striker has been in fine form for the Owls this season, netting five goals in ten Championship games.
He isn’t in the Scotland squad though, with Steve Clarke saying recently that he is unavailable for Scotland duty just now.
Palmer has weighed in on the striker’s international future and admits the 32-year-old is a man his domestic side ‘rely’ on.
He told the Scotsman (page 59, 09/10/19): “It is difficult the role he has to play for us because we rely on him heavily as that target man. It’s the job he did for Scotland, too, when getting us to the Nations League play-offs.
“You would have to ask him (about his Scotland future). I am not sure. In terms of his age and things he is looking at future tournaments and whether it’s right for him, that it is hard for me to say.
Scotland could be doing with Fletcher
Given his form and how light Scotland are up top at the moment, the national side really could be doing with Fletcher as an option.
Lawrence Shankland is Scotland’s only natural striker selected to face Russia and San Marino. Fletcher would’ve added some much needed experience.
He has been on a hot streak of form for the Owls too. He’s an old school number nine who’s really contributing to this Owls side at the moment. His goals have helped them up to within a point off the Championship play-off spots.
Palmer knows how good he is for Sheffield Wednesday, so he will be somewhat disappointed that Fletcher can’t help his national side this week too.