Peterhead boss has to be fair over Cusick

Jan 4, 2022

Peterhead manager Jim McInally has admitted that he needs to be fair to everyone over Scott Cusick who made a trialist appearance for the Blue Toon in Sunday’s League 1 match with Cove Rangers.

The 19 year old former Celtic, Dunfermline and Brechin City player stepped in to play in an unfamiliar left sided defensive position after Flynn Duffy was ruled out with Jim praising Cusick for how he played.

Jim said: “When you consider it was Scott’s first game for a while and his first ever at a senior level he deserve a lot of credit. He was in a role he has not played before, playing with players he has only met in training, and in one bounce game, and was up against Shay Logan who is a very experienced operator.”

“He gave us nearly an hour before coming off. Danny Strachan who came on for him also deserves credit for how he did on the left which is unusual for him.”

As for the future Jim said: “I have to be fair in whether we pursue any interest in Scott. He has applied himself well and shown promise. However he has not played a lot of football recently so I could sign him and then have Flynn available again, and indeed also have Ryan Conroy back, and that could mean that Scott does not start every week and that is not fair on him.”

“We will get an update from Dundee United on Flynn, check on Ryan as he may need an x-ray and take things from there. We also have had another player in training with us for a while that we could look to sign so I have to be fair to everyone, It could well be that we use Scott again at the weekend against Queen’s Park as that continues to help both parties.”