Physical test at Cliftonhill

The Blue Toon will be without hitman Rory McAllister as they make the trip to Coatbridge to play Albion Rovers this weekend.

McAllister is serving a suspension for accumulating yellow cards.

Manager Jim McInally admitted though that of all the games to miss, the expected physical clash at the ‘San Siro’ is the best option.

The striker will avoid picking up an injury on the small, poor quality surface.

What is more, the Blue Toon boss believes the Wee Rovers’ focus will be elsewhere.

He said: “Albion Rovers have a big game coming up against Rangers and we’ve got to get in their faces.

“We had that when Celtic were coming up here.

“Players don’t want to miss the big games so if it were me I’d be physical and try and get in their faces.”

Fraser McLaren will likely be brought in as a straight swap for Rory McAllister, a reward for goals in each of his last two appearances from the bench.

Andy Rodgers, McAllister’s usual partner up front, will also start barring training ground injury.

The 30-year-old was taken off after 60 minutes against Clyde as a precaution.

Peterhead’s physiotherapist Greig Smith was concerned about Rodger’s muscles tightening up on a Balmoor pitch softened by poor weather.

Albion Rovers face Rangers on Saturday, March 8 in the Scottish Cup.

The Wee Rovers were beaten 2-0 by Stirling Albion last weekend, with second half goals from David Weatherston and top scorer Jordan White.

Albion and Peterhead drew 1-1 at Balmoor in December