Peterhead manager Jim McInally has sang the praises of his striker Rory McAllister and insists the in-form front-man is priceless to the Ladbrokes League One side.
In all competitions McAllister has 17 goals from 29 appearances so far and his four strikes in four games helped his manager claim the Ladbrokes Manager of the Month award for January.
McInally is loving every minute of working with McAllister and is relieved the 29-year-old striker turned down overtures from Ladbrokes Championship side Dundee United in the summer.
“Rory’s priceless. Absolutely priceless. Dundee United came in for him earlier in the season, and it was a situation where we would’ve let him go knowing we probably couldn’t replace him. He is irreplaceable. “ Said McInally.
“I never forget how lucky we are to have Rory, to be honest. He’s unique in many ways, but I learned a few years ago now not to try and coach him. I just let him get on with it because he’s his own player. He’s a good boy and I really enjoy working for him. I do feel sorry for him sometimes, though. “
On winning his Manager of the Month Award, McInally insists credit has to go to his squad for coming through a tough run of fixtures after Christmas.
He added: “We had a good January. We had some big games and the players deserve credit for doing so well and coming through them, but it’s one of those leagues that’s so cut-throat that you can’t rest on your laurels. There’s every chance of getting relegated and there’s every chance you could be in the play-offs. It’s nice to get the award for the team, but I won’t get too far ahead of myself.
“Believe it or not, the game we lost at Livingston was a really good performance and we were unlucky not to take something from it.
“Winning at Alloa and putting in a terrific home performance against Queen’s Park made up for it. The players deserve great credit for the work and performances they put in. But we’re not out of the woods yet, we need to keep going.”