Tommy Breslin praises Liam Boyce as striker gets late Northern Ireland call-up

Liam Boyce
Liam Boyce

Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin has praised Liam Boyce following the striker’s call-up for Northern Ireland.

Boyce was drafted in by international manager Michael O’Neill on Thursday for the forthcoming tour of South America.

Tough tests against World Cup finalists Uruguay and Chile lie in wait for O’Neill’s squad, and Breslin believes the trip with benefit 23-year-old Boyce.

“I am delighted for Liam. It is great seeing him involved in the Northern Ireland squad again,” Breslin said.

“It is great for the local game that there is some Irish League interest in there, so it is great for Liam.

“He deserves his chance. He is a quality player who had another good season. It was probably a close call between Liam and Joe Gormley, but maybe the fact that Liam has been involved before swung it in his favour.”

Breslin believes the South American tour will be a welcome distraction for Boyce, whose club future continues to fall under the spotlight.

The striker has been offered a new deal at Solitude, but is keen on securing a move into full-time football this summer.

“Liam is just right to take his time over things,” Breslin added. “This trip will be good for him as I am sure his head has been turned recently.”