Cliftonville reception amid Boyce talks

Published Wednesday, 21 May 2014
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A civic reception has been held for Cliftonville at Stormont to celebrate the club's first ever back-to-back league championships.

Cliftonville reception amid Boyce talks
Cliftonville players attended the Stormont event. (© Michael Cooper)

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín hosted the event on Tuesday evening and the north Belfast team proudly displayed their trophies in Parliament Buildings.

She said: "This season has highlighted their outstanding success in retaining both the Danske Bank Irish Premiership title and WASP Solutions League Cup. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Cliftonville FC and wish them all the best for future championships."

The majority of the squad attended the event including strikers Liam Boyce and Joe Gormley who scored an incredible 61 goals between them this season.

After a short spell in Germany a few years ago, Boyce has always said he wants to return to full time football and the offers have been coming in.

He told UTV: "Teams in England and Scotland are off so just wait and see if anyone wants to take a gamble on me, just wait and see. Cliftonville has made an offer and I will have to think about that there as well and see what else comes in."

There has also been speculation that Linfield has shown an interest.

"I have been made aware and it's been in the papers as well so I don't know whether it is true or not I'll just have to wait sort of until I think," he continued.

"Maybe Linfield, I'm not sure, I don't what is true or not, or what's facts or not, I might have to wait until my contract is up and they can talk to me if they want but I'm not sure."

© UTV News
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