Peterhead’s prolific forward Rory McAllister will make a swift return from injury to play a part in the Blue Toon’s title party today.
The 26-year-old forward’s season had appeared to be over after he suffered a deep gash above a shin in last week’s 2-0 win against Albion Rovers.
This week manager Jim McInally had said the forward would play no part in the club’s remaining two games but has now confirmed McAllister will be on the pitch at some stage during this afternoon’s match against Stirling Albion at Balmoor. Peterhead will be presented with the Scottish League 2 trophy after the game and McInally says he is not going to allow McAllister, who has netted 30 times this season, to miss out on the celebrations.
He said: “He will take part at some point as he deserves to be on the pitch. He certainly won’t start but he will be on the bench.
“Apart from being a special player, Rory is not the type of boy who gets a lot of injuries. On the rare occasions he does get injured, he is generally a quick healer.
“Although the doctor ruled him out last week, I am not ruling him out.
“We would like to have him playing from the start but he deserves the chance to enjoy the day like everyone else and I will make sure he will participate in it.”
The league title has already been delivered but McInally says his players will not allow their standards to drop against play-off contenders Stirling.
A large crowd is expected at Balmoor to see the Blue Toon celebrate their first SPFL title and McInally says the team is determined to make sure the party does not fall flat.
He added: “There is a lot of excitement about the place. I have spent a bit of time in Peterhead in the last couple of weeks and there has been a good build-up to this.
“If training this week is anything to go by I don’t foresee any problems with motivation as they have been showing a real edge.
“We have the opportunity to go the whole season without losing a game at home, so we have plenty of motivation for this one.”