Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

New striker the main target for Peterhead boss Jim McInally with Derek Lyle on club’s wishlist

Derek Lyle is a target for Peterhead boss Jim McInally.
Derek Lyle is a target for Peterhead boss Jim McInally.

Bringing in a new striker remains a priority to Peterhead boss Jim McInally.

Veteran Derek Lyle is on his radar after his release from Queen of the South and a deal has been offered to former Caley Thistle youngster Andrew Macrae, with a decision expected when he returns from holiday.

Rory McAllister and Russell McLean remain from last season but Karim Belmokhtar was let go and Allan Smith joined Edinburgh City, leaving McInally shy in the forward area.

Lyle has had an extensive career with Queens, featuring in three separate spells and making over 300 appearances for the Dumfries outfit. He has also played for Partick Thistle, Dundee, Hamilton, Morton and Cowdenbeath.

McInally said: “I haven’t spoken to him but he’s quite pally with Willie Gibson and he’s spoken to him. I think Derek’s got higher aspirations than Peterhead but with him being close with Willie, he knows how well the boys are looked after here. I don’t know when Andrew (Macrae) is back from holiday but he’s one I’m pretty keen on getting in.

“Simon Ferry phone me during the week about a couple of players that I was surprised would want to play for us, but they were in positions we didn’t need.”

McInally had been offered experienced striker Peter MacDonald, formerly of St Johnstone, Morton and Stirling Albion, but declined to make an offer and retains an interest in Paul Willis, who ended the season at Berwick Rangers. By the time the squad meets up again next weekend, McInally is also hoping to have goalkeeping cover for Greg Fleming.

The Blue Toon were pitted against Queen’s Park in their first game of the new League 2 season when the fixtures were released yesterday, starting the campaign at Balmoor before a trip to another relegated side Albion Rovers a week later.

McInally added: “It’s good to get a home game to start with. The way the Betfred Cup fixtures worked out, we have a free Saturday before that so I’ll check the games and see if there’s a chance to go and watch them. They’re a bit of an unknown because they always seem to lose a few players but Gus (MacPherson) does brilliantly to get new bodies in.

“We quickly play Stirling Albion and Clyde and I think those two will be up there challenging.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]