Richards delighted for Man City pal Ireland
"He lives opposite me - his front door is about five seconds away from mine - and we always help each other out.
"People are always trying to criticise Stevie but he actually has quite a strong character, so for him still to be putting in good performances for City, with everything he has had to deal with, shows that.
"He is a quality player who was always highly rated when he was a youngster at City and is now one of the top players in our first team.
"Stevie has so much up his sleeve skill-wise and has a good goalscoring record as well. He is always in the right position."