Martin Paterson: 'I can replace David Healy's goals'

Martin Paterson
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Burnley forward Martin Paterson tells Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill that he can "take up David Healy's mantle".

Burnley forward Martin Paterson has told Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill that he can "take up David Healy's mantle" and score goals at international level on a consistent basis.

Healy, who is the nation's record goalscorer having found the net 36 times in 94 caps, has yet to retire from international football, but the 33-year-old is no longer deemed to be worth a regular starting place.

Paterson, 25, said: "I always think if I do get chances to play regularly up the middle I will score goals, take up David Healy's mantle.

"To step into his shoes is something very difficult to do but something I would love to do and something I will work very hard to do. I would love to do that."

Paterson has so far scored one goal in 14 senior appearances for Northern Ireland.

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