Ryan Dow to enjoy Peterhead victory celebrations before deciding his future

Peterhead manager Jim McInally and Ryan Dow celebrate promotion to Ladbrokes League 1.
Peterhead manager Jim McInally and Ryan Dow celebrate promotion to Ladbrokes League 1.

Ryan Dow will lap up Peterhead’s League 2 title celebrations before deciding his next move.

Former Dundee United midfielder Dow joined the Blue Toon in January on a permanent deal from Ross County, having spent the first part of the season on loan.

Dow had found himself out of favour at Championship side County and faced the proposition of months on the sidelines after the transfer window closed.

However, his father-in-law Jim McInally offered him an olive branch with the opportunity to play regular football and it has given Dow the enjoyment factor back to his game again. He now has to ensure his next move gives him a similar feeling.

He said: “It was good to just play. When I first came I just wanted to win the league – that’s what we’ve done. It’s a great group of lads and we’ve played some great stuff at times. I’ll see what happens – people have asked but I’ve not been thinking about it until we get over the line.

“I’ll enjoy the next couple of days and the sit down and see what I want to do. You don’t want to go anywhere where you’re going to be a bit-part play and I’ve really enjoyed it here. But I’ll certainly enjoy the next few days.”

Ryan Dow takes on Queens Park’s Gerry McLachlan.

Dow’s last experience of Hampden Park was a League Cup final defeat to Celtic with United, so Saturday’s 2-0 win over Queen’s Park, which secured the title and promotion, gave him an altogether happier memory to cherish.

After the low of the previous week – losing a stoppage-time goal to Stirling Albion – the pressure on the Blue Toon could have made them wilt. But the visitors showed little signs of cracking in a comfortable display.

Dow said: “There was a lot of pressure on us after last week, conceding so late but in the first half we were different class. We dominated the game and got the second goal, which gave us a cushion. We deserved it and it’s great to get over the line.

“When we were 1-0 up it would have been the story of our season, if we went in like that at half-time having played so well. Not that we needed calming down but getting the second goal it settles you going into the second half.”