Belfast Telegraph

Liam Boyce has his eye on a few finals next year

By Steven Beacom

Liam Boyce is having the best season of his life. Yes, even better than when he inspired Cliftonville to back-to-back Irish League titles.

The 24-year-old from Belfast came off the bench to play for Northern Ireland against Greece earlier this month on the night Michael O'Neill's men qualified for the Euro 2016 finals.

Prior to that he scored goals galore for Ross County in the Scottish Premiership and last night he helped his club into the first Scottish League Cup semi-final in their history.

Boyce, not for the first time in recent months, was an influential figure in County's 2-1 win over Inverness CT in the Highland derby.

The former Solitude hero is now just one victory away from playing in the final at Hampden on March 15 next year.

A couple of months later he will hope to be in France with the Northern Ireland squad at the Euro finals.

Another in the same boat may be St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

The ex-Linfield star was in Tommy Wright's side last night as they overcame Morton 3-1 to reach the last four.

The semi-finals for the Scottish League Cup take place at the end of January.

Meanwhile, nice work by the Irish FA in terms of the ticket prices for next month's friendly at home to Latvia.

I'm critical of the Association when they make mistakes, but credit where credit is due and fair play to whoever came up with the numbers for the November 13 game at Windsor Park which will be the first of a series of matches ahead of the Euro 2016 finals.

The ticket prices for adults to see O'Neill's men take on Latvia is £20.16 (get it?) while it is £10.06 for children, which is a nod to when the tournament starts on June 10 next year.

Clever piece of marketing that and even more importantly, a fair pricing policy for the game.

225 days to go!

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