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Bradford join race to net Ross County ace Liam Boyce

By Graham Luney

Liam Boyce's sensational form for Ross County has netted him the Scottish Premiership Player of the Month award for December.

County will face a fight to hold onto their star man with big clubs, including Celtic and League One side Bradford City tracking the Northern Ireland striker's progress.

The former Cliftonville hero has found the net 17 times for the Staggies this season and he hit five in five games last month.

Boyce is now blossoming in the full-time game after overcoming a tough settling in period at County when he joined from the Reds in 2014.

The 24-year-old's international career is also gathering pace with the striker expected to feature in Michael O'Neill's squad in the Euro 2016 finals in France this summer. Boyce is currently nursing a fractured hand but he can't wait to return to doing what he does best.

County take on Celtic in a League Cup semi-final on January 31.

"I had another x-ray and they think it's going to be another two to four weeks," said Boyce.

"I'm aiming for the Celtic semi-final, it's a big match, but I'll just need to take each game as it comes.

"I might be able to play with a smaller cast. It's really annoying since I can do everything except contact.

"I just need to stay positive and keep in good shape."

Boyce started the month with a goal in the 3-2 loss to Tommy Wright's St Johnstone before a last-minute strike sealed a 3-1 away triumph against Hamilton.

After failing to find the net against Partick Thistle, Boyce took the match ball home with three goals against Paul Hartley's Dundee. And he was quick to credit his team-mates, including regular strike partner Craig Curran, on picking up his monthly prize.

"I'm not the quickest and Craig can cover the ground," he said.

"We both hold the ball up well and we both like to get in the box and we work off each other."

Rangers have rewarded Jason Holt and Andy Halliday with new four-and-a-half year deals just six months after checking into Ibrox.

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