Rory McAllister says Peterhead players shouldn’t be ashamed of cup final defeat to Rangers

10-04-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. April 10, 2016. Petrofac Training Cup Final. Rangers FC v Peterhead FC. Rory McAllister 9 gives Rob Kiernan 4 a slap.
10-04-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. April 10, 2016. Petrofac Training Cup Final. Rangers FC v Peterhead FC. Rory McAllister 9 gives Rob Kiernan 4 a slap.

Balmoor favourite Rory McAllister said there’s nothing to be ashamed about following Peterhead’s 4-0 loss to Rangers.

The Championship winners were worthy winners in the Petrofac Training Cup final on Saturday and while the Blue Toon were barely in the game for the first half, Rory said the players have a lot of positives to hold on to.

Not least their push for promotion to Scotland’s second tier, which will resume in earnest this coming weekend when Peterhead travel to face 10th-placed Brechin City.

And McAllister is hoping the side get their first win in four to all but assure second place in League One.

Rory said: “We’re disappointed really because we had hoped of going and getting something, but we didn’t turn up for 40 minutes. It’s difficult, you know, it’s deflating. But it’s still good to get a final.

“These guys are a very good team, they’ll go upto the Premiership and be top two or three next year. It’s no shame on us, hopefully we go next week and get ourselves back to winning games.

“I was right behind the second goal and it was an unbelievable finish. There’s nothing you can do about that and it’s what happens when you play the top teams. You need a bit of luck to come your way but it didn’t.

“It’s tough for us but we just have to go and try to get promoted. I’ve done well scoring goals in this tournament and the team got to their first cup final in their history.£

Rory added that it was best the team left themselves open at the back by pushing forward, rather than not try to force the issue.

And the striker hopes the players can fulfil Jim McInally’s wishes of securing second.

He said: “We got beat 4-0 but we were pushing on at the end, it could have been 2-0 but we pushed on and it’s better getting beat by four when you’ve had a go than not.

“We’ve got to guarantee second now, the manager wants us to finish second and if we beat Brechin next week I think it’s pretty much there.”