Liam Boyce on radar of cross-channel clubs following hat-trick heroics

Former Cliftonville striker Liam Boyce who is currently starring for Ross County
Former Cliftonville striker Liam Boyce who is currently starring for Ross County

Liam Boyce has burst onto the radar of a number of clubs in England and Scotland following his hat-trick heroics on Monday night.

The striker became the first Ross County player to ever bag a treble in the Scottish top flight as he single-handedly gunned down St Mirren in Paisley.

It sealed a vital 3-0 win for the Staggies to ease them six points clear of the relegation zone – while also boosting the profile of former Cliftonville star Boyce.

The 24-year-old joined Ross County on a one-year deal last summer, with fresh contract negotiations due to start between the Scottish Premiership club and their in-form striker.

County face competition from a number of cross-channel clubs for the signature of Boyce following his recent goal spree.

It is believed clubs in England and Scotland are currently monitoring the player’s situation at Victoria Park.

Staggies boss Jim McIntyre has praised the impact of Boyce as the club looks to secure its Premiership future.

Monday night was Ross County’s eighth win in nine games.

“He’s been an integral part of the run and that’s four goals in the last two games, which is fantastic,” said McIntyre.

“He’s come from part-time football and he had a lot of weight to shift.

“He’s worked really hard to get himself in peak condition. We always knew he could score goals.”

Ross County will be hoping for a strong finish to the Scottish Premiership season as they look to avoid a potential relegation play-off.

They are six points clear of Motherwell who sit second bottom in the table.

Boyce is under no illusions as he looks to bag the goals to keep the club in the Scottish top flight.

“We need to keep going and get more points in the table,” he told BBC Scotland.

“It’s taken time for the manager’s plans and ideas to get through and for the players to gel.

“We seem to be much fitter now. We’re running over the top of teams and pressurising the life out of them.”