Peterhead FC: McAllister dedicates award to team

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.

Peterhead striker Rory McAllister heaped praise on his team mates after he was recognised as the top player in Scotland, writes Joshua King.

The 26-year-old picked up the SPFL Player of the Month award for March, the first player outside Scotland’s top division to win the award, to follow in the footsteps of Aberdeen’s Adam Rooney and Celtic’s Kris Commons and Fraser Forster.

PETERHEAD MANAGER JIM MCINALLY WITH THE LEAGUE TWO MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARD.(DUNCAN BROWN)

PETERHEAD MANAGER JIM MCINALLY WITH THE LEAGUE TWO MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARD.(DUNCAN BROWN)

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 more important what the team has achieved.

“If the team’s doing well then it helps me score goals. That’s my job and that’s what I’m good at. For us it’s all about winning the league - nobody really cares who scores.”

Peterhead’s form has mirrored that of their star man this season. Team and hitman alike began the campaign sluggishly 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.

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V BERWICK RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD'S RORY MCALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS GOAL

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V BERWICK RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD'S RORY MCALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS GOAL

McAllister continued: “Most of the time it’s the Scottish Premiership players that get the awards because their games are televised.

“The likes of Kris Commons and Fraser Forster are great players.

“They’re competing in the Premiership and the Champions so it’s good company to be keeping.

“But it’s important for the club to get the publicity.

“Peterhead is a big club for this level and we should be in a higher league.”

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally, who himself collected the League Two Manager of the Month gong for March, was quick to praise his front man.

He said: “I was speaking to (Celtic manager) Neil Lennon last weekend 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 is to get 30. That would be great.”