LIAM PALMER may well find more scoring opportunities coming his way while regular central midfield partner James Wallace is sidelined by injury, manager Ronnie Moore believes.
Palmer invariably holds back as the midfielder who stays deep when Wallace pushed up in support of the strikers.
But the license to get forward looks like being shared more evenly between Palmer and Wallace’s replacement, Danny Harrison.
Moore said: “I think Liam is going to get more chances to get forward when he is playing alongside Danny. We ask Liam to sit deep when Wallace is playing because James likes to get forward and be the creative player.
“There will be times when Danny can be the man to sit and allow Palms to get forward.”
Both Palmer and Harrison had opportunities to score during Tranmere’s 2-2 draw with Portsmouth last weekend, the first game of Wallace’s layoff with a medial ligament injury. Palmer, still looking for his first Tranmere goal, was denied by an injury time save from Pompey goalkeeper Simon Eastwood.
Moore says the prospect of all three central midfielders operating together should not be discounted. He said: “It will be interesting for us to have a look at playing Wallace, Palmer and Harrison on the same side, if we decide a change of formation is what’s required to certain games.”
l DAVID RAVEN says making the move from Tranmere to Scottish Premier League club Inverness Caledonian Thistle has given his career a new dimension he could not have experienced in the lower divisions of the English game.
The Wirral-born centre-back has played at Celtic Park and figured in a Scottish League Cup win over Rangers at Ibrox since he made the move north of the border in the summer.
“The standard I was playing down south you would never get to go to places like Parkhead and Ibrox,” said Raven. “It was a huge factor in coming up here and you just have to look at what Celtic are doing in Europe this season to see how big a club they are. It is something to tell the kids about going to stadiums like Ibrox.”