IT’S GOOD TO HAVE SOMEONE LIKE RORY COMPETING FOR A PLACE UP FRONT, SAYS COVE RANGERS DEFENDER RYAN
IN CHARGE: Cove Rangers defender Ryan Strachan in action in our recent game against Elgin City.
COVE Rangers defender Ryan Strachan says the signing of his former Peterhead team-mate and captain Rory McAllister has given everyone in the home dressing room at Balmoral Stadium a lift.
Striker Rory was snapped up from the Blue Toon, for an undisclosed fee, and is in the Cove Rangers squad for tomorrow’s home Ladbrokes League Two clash with Cowdenbeath.
Ryan, who is one of several players who played alongside Rory at Peterhead, is delighted.
“It’s a statement signing as far as the rest of us are concerned,” said Ryan.
“Rory has been scoring goals for years, he’s a top quality striker, one of the best seen over the last decade.
“It’s good to have someone like him competing for a place up front.
“It’s also great to have him in our dressing room because Rory is a leader and a character and knows most of the lads already.”
The latest SPFL statistics show that Cove are the third highest scoring side in Scotland this term, with 52 goals.
Only Premiership leaders Celtic (55) and second placed Glasgow Rangers (53) have found the net more times so far.
Championship leaders Dundee United are in fourth spot, on 48 goals.
Ryan is confident Rory, who has netted 254 times in his career and is the record scorer since the launch of the SPFL format in 2013, can help us add to that tally during the remainder of the campaign.
He’s also excited by the prospect of maybe seeing Rory partner Cove skipper Mitch Megginson, who has scored 18 goals in competitions this term and is the League Two top scorer.
Ryan said “Whether Rory will actually play up front with Mitch only the manager can say.
“But, on paper, it should be the perfect match, one tall and physically strong striker and the other smaller, quick and very agile.
“We can only wait to see if that partnership will be allowed to blossom but it has the makings of one that could claim a lot of goals for us.”
While happy to have Rory on board, Ryan was quick to point out that still won’t guarantee we beat Cowdenbeath tomorrow.
“As we’ve said from the first day it’s all about how we perform as a team,” he said.
“Every game in this league is tough but we know any against Cowdenbeath are likely to be among the most testing of all.
“They are a dogged side capable of beating anyone, especially if you aren’t at the very top of your game.
“We’ve not always had things our own way against them, as was proved in some cup clashes between us and the play-off final a couple of years ago.
“It’s important we bear that in mind as we get ready to play Cowdenbeath again, even though we have beaten them twice already this season they were very close fought games.
“It’s pretty certain tomorrow’s one will be the same.”
SCORING ACE: New Cove Rangers signing Rory McAllister is the record scorer since the launch of the SPFL in 2013.