Peterhead striker Russell McLean says he can fill Rory McAllister’s boots.
The Blue Toon face Cowdenbeath at Central Park tomorrow without prolific frontman McAllister who is expected to be out for a couple of weeks with ankle ligament damage.
Jim McInally’s side are entering the League Two run-in. They are five points behind leaders Montrose with 11 games left, while the Gable Endies only have 10 matches to play.
At such a key stage of the season McAllister’s absence is a blow for the Buchan outfit.
But McLean, who netted a hat-trick in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw with Annan, says he is ready to step up and make up for the loss of McAllister.
The 19-year-old said: “Any time when you hit form is good, but especially with the run-in coming up.
“We don’t know how severe Rory’s injury is, but if he is out for a few weeks, then it’s a good time for me to be hitting form.
“I believe in myself fully and if Rory is out I will do my best to fill his boots.
“I might not do the same as Rory does but I’ll do my own thing.
“I feel I have improved as this season’s gone on. This run-in can only be good for me because there is pressure on me.”
While pleased to get his hat-trick in midweek, McLean was disappointed to only draw the game.
Now he’s desperate to get back to winning ways against the Blue Brazil who are bottom of League Two.
He added: “It was my first hat-trick in the SPFL so it was good to get it, especially having done it as a sub made it even better.
“On a personal level it was good but on a team level it was a bit of a dampner because of the result – it felt more like a defeat than a draw.
“If we are going to win the league, every game between now and the end of the season is a must-win in my opinion Montrose just don’t look like ever losing.
“No games are easy and in my opinion it’s a must-win and it doesn’t really matter how you get the three points at this stage of the season.”
French-Algerian striker Karim Belmokhtar will again be in the Blue Toon squad as a trialist tomorrow.