St Johnstone loanee Ally Gilchrist keen to learn from Petrofac Training Cup experience

10-04-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. April 10, 2016. Petrofac Training Cup Final. Rangers FC v Peterhead FC. Peterhead players, team pic.
10-04-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. April 10, 2016. Petrofac Training Cup Final. Rangers FC v Peterhead FC. Peterhead players, team pic.

Defender Ally Gilchrist believes Peterhead’s Challenge Cup final loss to Rangers can only be a good thing for him on his return to parent club St Johnstone.

The 21-year-old unfortunately turned the ball past goalie Graeme Smith for the Gers’ opening goal, but Gilchrist had no real option other than to try and divert Kenny Miller’s cut-back because Harry Forrester would have certainly scored at the back post.

However the Saints lad said he learned a great deal from the game against what he described as a group of very fit players playing a “unique” style of football.

He said: “It was definitely a learning experience for me, I learned one or two things. It was a lot tougher than we thought it would be. They’re obviously a very good side but we could have done better I think.

“The way Rangers play is pretty unique for Scottish football, with their movement and how they bomb forward so much. Playing in front of a big crowd was a great experience and we’ve got to things out of that.

“It definitely benefits me going back to St Johnstone. They were a really, really fit and sharp side so playing against players like that is really going to benefit me. I train with boys at St Johnstone who are in that shape every day so it’s only going to do me good.”

The key for Peterhead now is the promotion play-offs and that fight begins in earnest away to Brechin City this weekend.

Gilchrist hopes the side are able to get themselves back together for that fixture and end the season on a high note - promotion to the Championship.

He added: “We just need to pull ourselves back together, get into our old shape and into our old routine and take it from there game by game.

“It was a good experience but we’ll put it behind us and take care of the play-offs now.”