Kyle Lafferty replaces George Best at Belfast City airport for Euro 2016 opener

• Airport temporarily renamed after Northern Ireland striker
• ‘We hope name change will help inspire Kyle to glory against Poland’

Northern Ireland fans flying to Nice on Sunday for their Euro 2016 opener with Poland were departing from the temporarily renamed Kyle Lafferty Belfast City airport.

The airport is named after George Best but to mark the country’s first fixture at a major international tournament in 30 years on Sunday, the honour was bestowed on striker Lafferty. Signage was also placed at the airport featuring a picture of the 28-year-old smiling and holding his arms in the air.

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