Diminutive striker Stevie May is acutely aware his club form for Sheffield Wednesday over the rest of the season will dictate whether he breaks into the senior Scotland squad in the future.
May, who moved to Hillsborough last month after scoring 27 goals for St Johnstone during the 2013/14 campaign, is desperate to force his way into Scotland manager Gordon Strachan’s long-term plans.
But the forward, who claimed his second goal since joining the Owls in their 2-0 triumph at Birmingham City on Tuesday, insists his main objective is to help Stuart Gray’s side keep picking up positive results in the Championship.
“I’m not thinking too much about a call-up for the full national squad,” May told The Star. “If that comes, then great. I would be delighted.
“But there is no point losing sleep and worrying about what you need to do to get into the squad.
“There are normally top, top strikers in the squad and with the formation he [Strachan] plays, it’s going to be really hard.
“If I can keep playing well at Wednesday, then I will see where that takes me.”
May made his final Scotland Under-21appearance in their comprehensive 3-0 victory over Luxembourg earlier this month. It was his eighth cap at that level and May, who turns 22 in November, said he enjoyed being part of the set-up.
He said: “It’s been a nice experience playing for the Under-21s over the last year or so. Unfortunately we didn’t qualify for the European Championships.
“It was great to get eight caps but I probably started playing for them later than what I would have preferred.
“It’s done and dusted now. I’ve drawn a line under it and put that behind me. I’ve got to now concentrate on club football and we will see what happens.”
Scotland failed to qualify for the European Championships after finishing third in their group behind Holland and Slovakia.
May, meanwhile, is enjoying life in South Yorkshire.
He said: “The club been great with me and made me feel really welcome. The boys want to work hard for Stuart Gray and that’s half the battle.”