Cliftonville chief Gerard Lawlor says star players not for sale

Liam Boyce
Liam Boyce

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor has insisted the club will not be selling any of its star players during the transfer window.

Speculation continues to mount over prized strike duo Liam Boyce and Joe Gormley - while goalkeeper Conor Devlin has also impressed as the Reds continue to lead the way in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Chairman Lawlor admits he has been aware of interest surrounding Tommy Breslin’s squad - but insists nobody will be leaving Solitude in January.

“The simple fact is we will not be letting any key players leave the club during the window,” he said.

“I keep hearing all these reports, but it is nothing more than paper talk.

“I know we let Rory Donnelly leave last January, but this is a new year, a different season and a different set of circumstances.

“We don’t have to sell our star players for money, and we are top of the league at this moment in time.

“It would be crazy to start dismantling this squad when they are going so well.”

Lawlor admitted the club had received a number of “approaches” from clubs on the mainland.

Talisman Boyce is one player thought to be on the radar of a number of cross-channel scouts - the striker is currently the Irish League’s hottest property having bagged 22 goals already this season.

“There have been a few enquiries, but they have all been rebuffed,” Lawlor added.

“Our message to other clubs is clear – no Cliftonville players will be sold this month.

“Liam is a big player for us and has 18 months left on his contract, while others like Joe Gormley are on longterm deals.

“I have spoken to Tommy (Breslin) and he is actually keen to enhance the squad in the January window. That is what we are focusing on, not letting important players go.”