Blue Toon boss McInally: I’m surprised Rory is still at Peterhead – but he’s just barmy for Balmoor!

Peterhead's Rory McAllister

Peterhead manager Jim McInally admits he is surprised star striker Rory McAllister has not attracted more interest from full-time clubs.

The Blue Toon’s talisman has been one of Scotland’s most consistent goalscorers since joining the club in the summer of 2011 from Brechin City.

Since then the 30-year-old has notched 171 goals in six-and-a-half seasons.

McAllister has already scored 27 times in 26 games this term, netting in each of Peterhead’s last eight games.

In the last week he was named as League Two player of the month for December and it was also revealed he is the top scorer in the history of the SPFL, with 94 goals since the organisation was formed back in 2013.

When he first moved to Balmoor from Brechin there was some interest from full-time sides but he chose Peterhead.

During his time with the Blue Toon the only team who have tried to sign him were Dundee United in August 2016.

But McAllister knocked back a one-year contract with the Championship club in favour of staying with the Buchan outfit.

His boss McInally is surprised, but also delighted, that there hasn’t been more interest in his hitman.

He said: “In all the years I’ve been at Peterhead I’ve always been shocked by how little interest or bids there have been for him.

“I know Dundee United spoke to him last season, but that is the only time anybody has approached him in my time.

“I’m not sure what that says for Scottish football – there is definitely a snobbery with some of the bigger clubs who have never come in for him.

“They’ve always hid behind this thing that he was doing his plumbing qualifications.

“But that finished a good few years ago now, and it hasn’t bothered him.

“He’s a Peterhead legend and he loves it at Balmoor. He’s content and we’re so happy to have him here.”