Sheffield Wednesday: Stevie May puts in hard yards to impress Scotland boss Gordon Strachan

Stevie May
Stevie May

A certain Owls striker is hoping to be the next Steve to lead the line for Scotland.

But Stevie May knows he has a tough task ahead of him to move above Steven Naismith and Steven Fletcher in the pecking order for his national team.

The 21-year-old earned his first call up to the senior squad for Scotland’s European Championship qualifiers with Georgia and Poland.

And while he knows he has work to do to unseat the two Premier League Stevens from the starting XI, May hopes his hard graft in training this week has given boss Gordon Strachan something to think about ahead of today’s clash with Georgia at Ibrox (5pm).

“You’ve got to make the most of chances that come your way,” May said.

“You don’t want a time to come when you look back and think you didn’t make the most of it.

“That’s in my head, as it would be for anyone picked for the first time.

“I’ve tried to give everything I’ve got this week and see where it takes me.

“Hopefully it’s a successful time for me personally and Scotland too.

“I felt a real sense of achievement when I was named in the squad.

“It has come at a good time for me. As a player, you dream of being called up to the national team so I’ve managed to do that now and it’s about progressing from there.

“I’m playing my football at a high level and enjoying it, which is half the battle.”

Everton forward Naismith admits he is feeling the pressure from the likes of May as he looks to keep his place in Strachan’s side.

And he offered assurances that May is not fighting a losing battle for caps at this stage of his career.

Naismith said: “There is one rule this manager has and that is nobody is guaranteed a place in the squad.

“We have so many players in form right now. Stevie May has won a move and had a fantastic start to the season with Sheffield Wednesday, Steven Fletcher is scoring goals again and Chris Martin has been consistent for the last two years.

“That alone shows that the manager has a big decision to make.

“This game is slightly different from the Germany game in that we are at home and will be favourites to win, so we will probably be a bit more attacking.

“Will the manager play with two or three strikers? I don’t know.”

Owls keeper Keiren Westwood could feature for Scotland’s Group D rivals Republic of Ireland against minnows Gibraltar today (5pm).