Evening Express

Peterhead’s McAllister aiming for League Two haul of fame

Peterhead captain Rory McAllister in action

Peterhead boss Jim McInally has hailed Rory McAllister as he aims to become League Two’s all-time top scorer this season.

The Blue Toon start their league campaign on Saturday against Queen’s Park at Balmoor.

Striker McAllister, pictured, is just four goals shy of becoming the division’s record scorer.

League Two was formed in 2013 following the merging of the SPL (Scottish Premier League) and SFL (Scottish Football League) to create the SPFL (Scottish Professional Football League).

It replaced Division Three as the fourth tier of Scottish football.

Former Elgin City man Craig Gunn is currently League Two’s top scorer having netted 55 goals in four seasons from 2013 to 2017.

McAllister is on 52 goals having only spent two terms in the division – 2013/14 and 2017/18.

Ahead of the new campaign starting McInally has praised his star man and hopes he can overtake Gunn this term.

He said: “It would be some achievement for Rory if he can get to that milestone.

“We just try to keep him going and keep him doing what he does best.

“He’s actually really disappointed with himself right now because he hasn’t scored yet this season in the League Cup.

“But with Rory we just need to make sure he’s fit enough to do himself justice because when he’s on the park he will always do well.

“We just hope he has another season like he usually has – if that happens we’re never far from where we want to be in the league.

“It’s some goalscoring record when you think about it.

“He’s 31 now and he thinks about his football a little bit more now.

“He’s more responsible with his training and hopefully that can make him better.

“I also think playing with someone of Derek Lyle’s experience will also improve his game.”

Despite having McAllister, Derek Lyle and Russell McLean as their strikers, Peterhead did not score in four League Cup group stage games against Brechin, Dunfermline, Stirling Albion and Dundee.

McInally is not to concerned by that statistic at the moment because his side are creating chances and he believes it’s simply a matter of time before they put some of them in the back of the net.

He added: “It’s not something that we’re happy with.

“But against Dunfermline we might have scored (they hit the post twice) and against Dundee we might have scored.

“Against Stirling Albion we missed plenty of chances even though we didn’t play particularly well.

“I think the biggest thing is if you’re not making chances then you would worry.

“But it was tough opposition we were playing against, so I just think it’s a matter of time before we start scoring.”