Club News

Boss urges players to handle Rory's absence

Thu 01 Dec 2016

Peterhead manager Jim McInally is calling on his players to prove they can cope without Rory McAllister.

The Blue Toon's leading marksman is suspended for the visit of high-flying Airdrie, who have won five consecutive games in League 1.

The 29 year old, who has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season, serves a one match ban for an accumulation of yellow cards and McInally says it is up to others to fill the breach.

The Balmoor boss said: "With Rory's disciplinary record, that pressure is thrust upon them now and again."

"We played without him against Queen's Park recently and we did okay but I would never lie about us not missing a player like Rory McAllister."

"Even if he is not on top form, he can pull something out of the bag and he is a unique player in this league."

"We have just got to get on with it without him, as we are well capable of doing, but I always see it as a challenge."

The club's only other recognised striker, Leighton McIntosh, is set to be handed the task of leading the attack and McInally admits Airdrie will be boosted by his talisman's absence.

McInally went on: "The opposition are always buoyant when McAllister is not playing and they will see that as a big plus. Quite rightly so."

"But, by the same token, people will expect Airdrie to come up and beat us so that puts pressure on them."

McAllister will return for the Alloa fixture next weekend but the Peterhead boss is still trying to bolster his attacking options.

The former Morton manager is eyeing a loan deal for a young Premiership striker.

McInally added: "I am actively trying to bring in a player at the moment. The club in question has not got back to me yet so I will see how we get on there."

By Glenn Moir