ALLY McNAUGHT - 200 GAMES
In our long history we’ve played more than 800 games but only eleven players have played in 200 or more of them. On Saturday, against PSJ, Ally McNaught will become the 12th member of that illustrious group when he makes his 200th appearance.
Ally has been a model of consistency since he made his debut in August 2009 and he’s only missed eleven games since his debut.
Originally a midfielder/winger, Ally is now one of the many full backs who have graced the Club, right back being his speciality, like so many others.
Playing at full back hasn’t stopped him scoring the occasional goal though and a couple of weeks ago he scored a trademark goal against Clyde, ie one that he didn’t mean as his crossing is a bit hit and miss.
Ally does hold the distinction of scoring our first elevens goal in Europe when he scored against Watttenscheid on our first visit there, and he repeated the feat the next season as well, although he went into hiding when the penalty shoot-out began.
In recent times one of his favourite games was the Scottish Cup win over Hearts at Toryglen and he also enjoyed this year’s foray into the Cup with a trip to Stirling following our win over Clyde.
As one of the most experienced players in the team Ally has graduated to vice-captain and he has worn the armband on many occasions which is great news for him as the band doubles as a “cloak of invisibility” and means his brother won’t substitute him. Without it he’s generally hooked in the second half.
Hopefully Ally has plenty more games to play in the future and he is a great ambassador for the Club both on and off the park, and one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet.