PETER GRANT believes Scotland's working class background has been key his Alloa players' success.

The Wasps boss is sure his part-timers, who have secured a third straight season in the Championship, give everything they have because of their upbringing.

Grant, who grew up in traditionally working class North Lanarkshire, thinks it is a trait which makes them stand out from some of the stars he has worked with during his coaching career.

The Alloa gaffer said: "People used to be critical of Scottish football and the one thing I will always take to the grave with me is that I would love Scottish players.

"I love the fact they would give their maximum. I don't know if it's a Scottish trait but always feel they give it their maximum. They definitely make a training ground and a session better.

"It might be the background most of them were brought up. Coming from a working class background you have to give everything you have.

"I knew I would never have had any issue with commitment and I was very fortunate to get that with this group of boys. Going in on a Tuesday or Thursday was excellent because these guys would work their socks off.

"I was curious to see how it would be for players coming to training who had worked during the day. But, they would go at it and it was like it was their release valve.

"Their effort and endeavour was excellent. It was as if they knew they only had two sessions a week so gave it their best."

It's not uncommon for pundits and fans to suggest many of Alloa's players – including Iain Flannigan and Kevin O'Hara – have the ability to play in the full-time game.

Grant agrees and he is sure some could even crack it in Scotland's top-tier.

"I know these boys could play in the Premiership," he said. "But, they have made the decision and I made a point of asking them all to understand why they chose to go part-time when they have that quality.

"They made a lifestyle change and decision where they felt they didn't want to get to each summer dependent on a new deal.

"I have to tip my hat to them because it is fantastic and it is a lifestyle they have chosen.

"When I have been at all these different clubs, I used to see guys strolling in as if they were going to the gallows. And I mean players on 100,000s of pounds but that's just the nature of the beast."