Striker Stevie May hopes his move to Sheffield Wednesday will help him one day realise his international ambitions.
The forward, who is poised to make his Owls debut in their Capital One Cup meeting with Notts County tonight, is determined to force his way into the senior Scotland team.
But May, a regular at under-21 level, insists his primary focus is on finding the back of the net on a consistent basis in the second tier of English football.
“My aim is to be successful with Wednesday and if a Scotland cap comes with that or a call-up then all the better,” he said. “It would be nice to play for my country. If that happens, I will be delighted.
“Hopefully playing Championship football will help me get into the squad. I’ve been in the under-21s for the last year or so. If this can help, that would be a bonus. I just want to try and improve, like I have been doing over the last few years. I’m still young and I need to add things to my game.”
Owls head coach Stuart Gray is calling on May to make his Scotland mission a reality.
He said: “The only way Stevie is going to get into the Scotland squad is by playing well for us and scoring goals. I’m sure Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will take notice of that.”
The forward said he was keen to move south of the border to further his football education.
“I think everybody’s goal in Scotland is to play in England,” said May. “You want to play to as higher standard as you can. I think this was the right time. I’m delighted. It was nice to finish my career with St Johnstone by helping them win the Scottish Cup. I just can’t wait to get started.”
May believes he will adapt quickly to his new surroundings.
“I’m always confident I can score goals,” he said. “I want to score in every game I play in. If I don’t score, I feel down.”