Sheffield Wednesday: Gray thrilled over May call-up

Owls striker Stevie May held up by Ipswich defender Luke Chambers
Owls striker Stevie May held up by Ipswich defender Luke Chambers
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Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has spoken of his delight at striker Stevie May being named in the Scotland squad to face Georgia and Poland in Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Scotland chief Gordon Strachan watched May claim the winner in Wednesday’s recent home victory over Reading. It is the 21-year-old’s first senior call-up.

May, an £800,000 purchase from St Johnstone on the opening day of the new Football League season, has notched three goals in nine Owls appearances.

Speaking after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town, Gray told The Star: “It’s fantastic news. Gordon [Strachan] was here the other week.

“It shows Stevie is doing something right. Coming to Sheffield Wednesday has put him in the limelight.

“Stevie is just an all round team player and I think that’s what Gordon looks for. Stevie will give 100 per cent whatever shirt he is wearing.

“He has scored three goals for us and is probably a little disappointed that he’s not got two or three more.”

May will get his first taste of a Yorkshire derby when Gray’s troops travel to Leeds United this weekend.

Gray, who will send Kamil Zayatte (hamstring) for a scan today, said: “It’s great news for Stevie but we have an important game on Saturday before he clears off for that.”

Strachan named a 27-man squad on Tuesday featuring May and Sporting Lisbon midfielder Ryan Gauld.

He said: “They [May and Gauld] are good young players. I like to do that. If you look at the squads over the last year or so, I like to bring in people that I don’t know personally.

“I don’t know them personally but I like to see how they deal with the squad and I just like to meet these young players. I’m sure in the future they will make an impression and will be regulars in the squad.

“It’s good to meet them and see how they interact with the rest of the squad.

“I may add another one into that, a player that I have only seen from afar.”