Football: My Career Went to the Dogs as Clubbing Drained My Energy Say Reformed Bad Boy RORY McALLISTER; SCOTTISH CUP INVERNESS CT V CELTIC Today, Kick-Off 12.30pm Live Sky Sports

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Football: My Career Went to the Dogs as Clubbing Drained My Energy Say Reformed Bad Boy RORY McALLISTER; SCOTTISH CUP INVERNESS CT V CELTIC Today, Kick-Off 12.30pm Live Sky Sports


Byline: By GAVIN BERRY

RORY McALLISTER'S wild child lifestyle cost him a chance of a career with boyhood heroes Aberdeen.

The young striker spent so many nights partying it looked like his days as a professional football were over.

McAllister's career hit the buffers even before it started when Dons lost patience with him and booted him out on a free at 16.

Gutted Rory was left scrambling for a team and ended up training with local junior outfit Glentannar.

And he was so down he even thought of returning to school for his final year.

But after facing up to the fact he'd been partying too much with his mates in Aberdeen he soon changed his ways and Inverness Caley Thistle stepped in to save his career.

Then boss John Robertson picked up the frontman who is now making an impact in the first team after just three seasons in the Highlands.

It will complete a remarkable turnaround in fortunes if the 19-year-old hotshot features against Celtic in today's Scottish Cup quarter-final showdown.

And even if Caley record another famous Cup win against the Hoops this afternoon McAllister will sit at home with his mum and dad tonight and watch TV rather than hit the town as he'd have done at one time.

In a frank interview ahead of the biggest game of his life, McAllister said: "I was born and bred in Aberdeen and supported themas a boy so it was a dream to be picked up by the club as a youngster.

"But when my contract expired Steve Paterson took me in to tell me it would not be getting renewed and while it hit me hard I have to admit it was my own fault.

"I was young and foolish and messed about with my mates too much. When I was released I looked back on the way I was behaving and decided I had to stop going to night clubs and things.

"I sometimes wonder where I'd be now if I hadn't changed. I might not even have been playing football.

"At one point I even thought about going back to school for a year but I didn't really want to.

"When I left Aberdeen I had nothing and ended up playing part-time with Glentannar Juniors.

"Aberdeen to the juniors was a big jump backwards but thankfully I didn't sign on there and Inverness came in.

"I'm sure John Robertson had been told of my character and insisted I had to put a stop to aspects of my social life.

"It was hard being a local lad and playing for Aberdeen. There were so many temptations. All my pals went to college and were out most of the time and I joined them. …

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