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Hat-trick hero Liam Boyce plays into Michael O'Neill's Euro plans for Greece qualifier

By Steven Beacom

Published 23/09/2015

Liam Boyce
Liam Boyce

Former Cliftonville star Liam Boyce is playing himself into Michael O'Neill's plans for Northern Ireland's crunch Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Greece next month.

Just over a fortnight away from the Windsor Park showdown, Boyce continued his sensational goalscoring form last night for Scottish Premiership outfit Ross County, netting a TEN-minute hat-trick in a 7-0 victory over Falkirk in the Scottish League Cup.

Boyce has now scored NINE times in seven games at club level and with Kyle Lafferty suspended for the October 8 clash with Greece, when a home win would see Northern Ireland qualify for the Euro finals, the 24-year-old is giving international boss O'Neill much to ponder.

Ross County boss Jim McIntyre would be all for O'Neill giving his striker a starting role.

Banned Northern Ireland hero Kyle Lafferty's Windsor Park Euro finals roar  

"Liam's intelligence is fantastic," said McIntyre after Boyce's treble, which included a cheeky back-heeled strike.

"He deserves his goals for how hard he works for the team. He also has great quality in how he brings others into the game and right now is playing superbly."

While ex-Werden Bremen ace Boyce was on fire last night, even he couldn't match the stunning exploits of Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, who hit FIVE goals in NINE minutes as a substitute in Bayern Munich's 5-1 Bundesliga victory over Wolfsburg.

Lewandowski's Poland meet Scotland and the Republic of Ireland in Euro 2016 qualifiers next month.

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