Karim delighted to join Peterhead as race for League Two title gets tasty

Karim Belmokhtar.

Peterhead new boy Karim Belmokhtar has thanked the club for giving him another chance in Scottish football.

The French-Algerian striker has penned a contract until the end of the season with the Blue Toon.

He impressed Balmoor boss Jim McInally in three games he played as a trialist – the last of which was Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Clyde.

Belmokhtar left Edinburgh City under a cloud in November and he thanked Peterhead for giving him a second chance in Scottish football.

The 21-year-old said: “I’m pleased Peterhead have given me another chance.

“I was over two months without a club and it’s very difficult to get another club in the winter.

“But Peterhead saw me when I was with Edinburgh City, so I wasn’t surprised about their interest, but I was very happy.”

Belmokhtar has been impressed by his Blue Toon team-mates and is relishing the prospect of trying to win League Two.

Tuesday’s triumph put McInally’s men top of the table ahead of Montrose on goal difference.

Belmokhtar revealed winning the title was something he never thought he would be able to do when playing for Edinburgh City.

He added: “I’m very pleased to be here because when I was at Edinburgh City it was a good team, but we were at the bottom of the league. It was a good team but I think Peterhead are a better team with better players.

“I’ve been really impressed with my team-mates.

“I played against Peterhead but when you play with them it is different.

“My first game was against Annan Athletic (3-3 draw) last Tuesday and I was impressed because they play very good football. It’s a pleasure to be here and be part of the team. When I was at Edinburgh City I didn’t think I’d get the chance to win the league.

But Peterhead are very competitive and we hope to win the league, and why not? We can win this league, we are top just now.”

Tuesday’s game was played with parts of the Balmoor pitch covered in snow due to the wintry weather which has descended on the North-east in the last few days.

Belmokhtar said: “I have never played in the snow before Tuesday. Before I was in Algeria and it is a very hot country – and there’s no snow.

“But it is a good experience and we won the game, although I hope I don’t have to play again in the snow.”