Boyce just keeps getting better, says Northern Ireland boss O’Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has heaped praise upon Liam Boyce and says that the Ross County striker deserves all the credit he has been getting.

Boyce enjoyed his best ever season in Scotland, hitting 23 goals in 34 league games – a better ratio than Celtic stars Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair – and he is in contention to feature for O’Neill’s team against New Zealand and Azerbaijan in June.

“He’s just got better year-on-year, Liam,” O’Neill said of the former Cliftonville and Werder Bremen forward.

“He’s attracting a lot of attention and, you know, he deserves it, because to score that number of goals in a team that has pretty much always been in the bottom half of the table, it shows how important he is to Ross County.”

The 26-year-old’s form for Ross County this season has seen him linked with a move away from the club, with Rangers, Hearts and Hibernian said to be among the team’s interested in his services.

Boyce has also been linked with Celtic, a team he was on trial with in 2010. He missed out on a move to Celtic Park, joining Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen instead, but the Belfast native is on record as saying that joining the Bhoys would be a “dream come true”.

With a reported buyout clause of just £500k, it seems likely that Boyce won’t be with the Staggies for much longer.

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