The fact that Liam Boyce has scored 20 Scottish Premiership goals for a modest Ross County side this season is impressive enough. Even more so when you consider that he is only one behind the league’s most prolific marksman – Celtic’s former England international winger Scott Sinclair.
Behind him? Moussa Dembele, the French phenomenon linked with almost every major club on the continent.
No wonder, then, that Boyce’s former coach has tipped him to reach the top of the domestic game.
“It’s unbelievable. No disrespect to County, but you look at Sinclair and Dembele and they are playing alongside better players, having more of the game and getting more chances,” Gerard Lyttle told the Daily Record.
“Liam is playing with a team at the other end of the table, so to reach these levels and figures shows you his quality.
“I don’t know what the situation is with his contract, but if there’s not a big club coming in for Liam right now they are mad. He is only going to get better.”
The Daily Record reported last month that Edinburgh rivals Hearts and Hibernian were both mulling over a summer move for the 26-year-old Northern Irishman. But can Boyce, who has hit double figures in each of his three seasons for County since moving from Cliftonville, afford to dream a little bigger?
Old Firm move?
With Celtic facing up to a mammoth challenge holding onto Dembele and Leigh Griffiths seemingly still unable to prove to manager Brendan Rodgers that he can lead his one-striker system, you wonder whether Boyce could step up to pull on the green and white.
However, a move to Rangers appears a far more realistic proposition. 37-year-old Kenny Miller is the club’s top scorer this season with no other player hitting double figures.
Therefore, they should be crying out for a player with Boyce’s form and track record. Maybe they should take heed of Little’s comments.