McAllister named as Scotland’s player of the month

Peterhead striker Rory McAllister has been recognised as the top player in Scotland for the month of March, writes Joshua King.

The 26-year-old, the first player outside Scotland’s top division to win the award, joins the likes of Aberdeen’s Adam Rooney and Celtic’s Kris Commons and Fraser Forster as SPFL Player of the Month.

McAllister became the first man outside the top flight to clinch an SPFL Player of the Month award.

McAllister became the first man outside the top flight to clinch an SPFL Player of the Month award.

McAllister netted in every game to hit eight goals in six games during March and take his total to 28 in all competitions.

Speaking to the Buchanie, McAllister said: “It’s good to get the recognition but it’s important for the team too.

“If the team’s doing well then it helps me score goals.”

Peterhead’s form has mirrored that of their star man this season.

Ricky McIntosh gets to grips with 27-goal striker Rory McAllister.

Ricky McIntosh gets to grips with 27-goal striker Rory McAllister.

Team and hitman alike had disappointing starts to the season but since the turn of the year have been the undisputed league leaders and top scorer respectively.

McAllister’s eight March goals fired the Blue Toon to victory in all but one of their games.

McAllister continued: “It’s looking awfully like we will win the league but we are still just taking it one game at a time.

“There are four games to go. We’ve already played each team plenty of times.

McAllister became the first man outside the top flight to clinch an SPFL Player of the Month award.

McAllister became the first man outside the top flight to clinch an SPFL Player of the Month award.

“We know them, we’re on a good run, and I do believe we’re the best team in the league.

“If we go out there with confidence I think we can beat anybody.”

The SPFL Player of the Month award winner is chosen by the Scottish Football Writers Association who in this chose put McAllister ahead of Dundee United’s Nadir Çiftçi.

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally was quick to praise his front man.

He said: “I was speaking to Neil Lennon last night and he knew Rory had been chosen for the award.

“We got talking about him and Neil remembered Rory’s qualities from when he played at Inverness.

“There are players playing at top Scottish Premiership clubs at the moment and with all due respect to them, they are not as good as Rory McAllister.”

McInally admitted that McAllister is never far from his thoughts when he starts writing his team sheets.

“I just feel that even when he doesn’t play particularly well, he can still do it. He’s a goal-scoring machine.

“He works hard and I have the utmost faith and trust in him.

“I love him to death - he’s a loveable rogue and I said that to Neil Lennon.”

So what does the future hold for the former Caley Thistle and Brechin man?

“I’ve got another year on my contract and I’m happy where I am.

“I like Peterhead, it’s a great club. I like the manager and I get on really well with him - there’s no reason why I’d want to go anywhere else.

“Just now? My target though is to get 30. That would be great.”