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Cliftonville to keep on firing

Eddie Patterson is backing his strikers Chris Scannell and Liam Boyce to keep shooting down rivals.

Cliftonville have been in sensational form as six league wins on the bounce have catapulted them into the race for the Gibson Cup.

Boyce is arguably the brightest young gem in the league and he is learning every week from the supreme finisher, Scannell.

It’s the perfect blend of youth and experience in attack which Carling Premiership opponents have found too hot to handle.

The Reds travel to Glenavon tomorrow, wary of the fact they suffered a 3-2 defeat in Lurgan back in August, but the north-Belfast side are a very different proposition now.

While Marty Quinn’s Glenavon are searching for their first league win since October 10, Cliftonville are the league’s in-form side.

Midfielders George McMullan and Kieran O’Connor have sparkled for the Reds but boss Patterson knows goals win games.

“Chris has got so much experience and Liam is learning a lot from him,” said Patterson.

“In many ways it’s the perfect partnership. A young player who has tremendous talent and a wise old head who is one of the best finishers around.

“Both have been superb this season, some of their goals have been top drawer. Any team would find them difficult to play against.

“Liam has caught the eye of cross-channel scouts, but hopefully he keep’s doing the business for Cliftonville.”

Belfast Telegraph