McAllister goal seals historic victory over Rangers at Ibrox

Peterhead have now won six games in a row, a feat which has seen them safely qualify for the Third Division play-offs with aplomb.

Their historic victory at Ibrox ensured that the Blue Toon had accumulated enough points to see off any late challenges from the chasing pack to confirm their place in the play-offs at the end of the season, a battle that could, as the tables stand, see the Blue Toon play two of Second Division relegation candidates Queen’s Park, Berwick or East Fife.

Having missed out on the play-offs last season, Jim McInally having turned the fortunes of the North-east club around for a late push following the departure of John Sheran, the news that the Blue Toon have continued to improve may come as no great
surprise.

Speaking ahead of the current season, McInally had said lessons had been learned.

“People probably learned a lot of lessons from last season, when the expectation levels were so high.

“We’re kind of rebuilding the team a wee bit. If we can keep (the younger players) and build around them, and just bring in three or four guys, it’s just going to improve
us.

“We’ll just need to handle whatever comes at us,” he added.

And they have done just that, so far taking 15 wins from this season to head the play-off positions with two games left to play.

Speaking on their win over Rangers, which confirmed their place in the play-offs, McInally said he was “overwhelmed” with the achievement.

“It’s a massive turnaround even from about Christmas time when we were going through a tough patch,” the boss said.

McInally suggested that, from that time, nothing had really changed at the club, but that that the players were playing better football as a result of playing with confidence.

McInally continued: “It just highlights, really, what football is all about - confidence.

“To come back the way we did tells you everything about confidence.

“You’ve got to show you’re progressing,” McInally said, adding: “It makes it all the more remarkable that, with two games to go, we’re there.”

Striker Rory McAllister, who netted the winner in the Rangers game, was, meanwhile, praised for his improvement over the
season.

“It speaks volumes for him, he’s generally improved as a player,” the boss said, commenting that the 20-goal forward had been assisting as well as scoring on the pitch.

The mission for the Blue Toon now, however, is to finish second in the Third Division. With two games to play, and with McInally enthusing his players to perform with new found confidence, eighth placed Clyde may just be in for a nightmare at the Balmoor this Saturday.

Queen’s Park, who share the Blue Toon’s point tally of 53, will, meanwhile, travel to Montrose, a side that, with a win, could snatch fourth.