Liam Palmer has been making waves at Sheffield Wednesday this season with his impressive form.
His consistently high levels of performance was enough to persuade Scotland manager Alex McLeish to hand him his first call-up to the national side.
The 27-year-old is in the form of his life, and the international recognition was just rewards for what has been a solid campaign at Hillsborough.
It was one thing to be called up, but to play was another.
And Palmer was handed his full debut, starting in Astana for the Scots against Kazakhstan in their opening EURO 2020 qualifier.
He played the entire game, in what was a desperate evening for Scotland, who fell to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat away from home – they were even two goals down after just nine minutes.
Wednesday fans had one eye on his debut at international level with the Championship on hiatus this week to facilitate the qualifiers.
And they responded to his not so happy maiden turnout for Scotland on social media.
Best not have dented Palmer's confidence after some fantastic performances at #swfc
— Kelly (@s26kel) March 21, 2019
I get people support him but I dont get this Liam Palmer love in, he’s being doing for 3 months what he should have been doing for the last 3 years, but he still can’t defend, cross & gets caught out of position + he would not get in any top half team #swfc
— russell kenyon (@russellkenyon) March 22, 2019
Can’t understand Scotland fans having a go at Palmer.Just watched the highlights to see what the fuss was about & he’s not at fault for any of the goals. Could argue he should close cross down on 3rd but midfield should do better. Shinnie at fault for all 3. #Scotland #swfc
— James Torry (@jamestorry) March 21, 2019
waiting for liam palmer to announce his international retirement ???????? #SWFC
— jonny ropes (@jonroper11) March 21, 2019
— ???? (@haddington) March 21, 2019
— Paul Lymer (@Paul_LymerSWFC) March 21, 2019
Big congratulations to Liam Palmer, earning his first AND last scotland cap today #SWFC
— aaron (@awm_96) March 21, 2019