Blue Toon boss McInally hails goal king McAllister as SPFL record is claimed

Peterhead striker Rory McAllister is presented with the Ladbrokes League Two Player of the Month Award for December.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally has admitted he was surprised to discover his team are the third highest scorers in the history of the SPFL.

The organisation was formed in 2013 after a merger between the Scottish Premier League (SPL) and the Scottish Football League (SFL).

The Blue Toon are the third highest goalscorers since the SPFL was formed, with 294 strikes. Celtic top the list with 433 goals.

Rangers are second with 360, Dunfermline are fourth on 280 and Aberdeen fifth on 279.

Of the Buchan outfit’s 294 goals, talisman Rory McAllister has scored 94 – which makes him the player with the most SPFL goals.

Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths is second with 70, Liam Buchanan of Raith Rovers is third with 65, Aberdeen’s Adam Rooney is fourth with 63 and Ayr United’s Michael Moffat is fifth with 56 goals.

After scoring in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Stirling Albion, McAllister has now scored in eight consecutive games. And this form helped him win the League Two player of the month award for December.

On the achievements of his team and his star striker, McInally said: “To say I was surprised when I was shown the statistics is an under-statement.

“We’ve always just been perceived as a one-man team and Rory McAllister has scored 94 of those goals. “I always just assumed we would have been halfway down the list so it was a pleasant surprise to see we are third.

“We do go out in games to score goals, we’re not a team that sits in.

“I’m just delighted for Rory that he has been recognised (with player of the month). “On Saturday he broke his own personal scoring record and has now scored in eight consecutive games.

“That’s fantastic consistency.

“And he’s shown fantastic consistency over the years as well to be the SPFL’s top scorer.”