Former Glenavon youth player off to South America

Ryan McLaughlin. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Ryan McLaughlin. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Ryan McLaughlin, a former player in Glenavon’s youth section, has been named in the Northern Ireland senior squad for forthcoming friendly fixtures against Chile and Uruguay.

The right-back - who joined Liverpool in 2011 from Glenavon - spent part of last season on loan at Barnsley.

Northern Ireland will face Uruguay in Montevideo on Friday, May 30 then travel to Valparaiso for the Chile match on Wednesday, June 4.

The full squad is as follows:

Roy Carroll (Olympiacos), Michael McGovern (Falkirk), Trevor Carson (Portsmouth), Daniel Lafferty (Burnley), Ryan McLaughlin (Liverpool), Aaron Hughes (Queen’s Park Rangers), Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers), Liam Donnelly (Fulham), Chris Baird (Burnley), Steven Davis (Southampton), Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town), Shane Ferguson (Newcastle United), Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers), Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock), Jonny Steele (New York Red Bulls), Paul Paton (Dundee United), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Billy McKay (Inverness CT), Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town), Jamie Ward (Derby County), Dean Shiels (Rangers), Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).