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Glowing endorsement for Stevie May

9 October 2014

  • Stevie May in Scotland squad for first time
  • Striker receives nod of approval from SFA chief
  • Scots face Georgia this weekend

Owls striker Stevie May will head into Scotland’s Euro 2016 double-header with a huge endorsement of his burgeoning talent.

The Scots face Georgia this weekend and Poland on Tuesday and May could earn his first full cap having graduated from the Under-21s.

And Scotland’s FA performance director Mark Wotte has likened the 21-year-old to Dutch star Dirk Kuyt.

He said: “Stevie is a late developer and I see a bit of similarity between him and Dirk Kuyt.

"Dirk was 18, came from a non-league club to FC Utrecht where I was manager. He moved to Feyenoord, on to Liverpool, played in a World Cup final, played a Champions League final.

"The development of Stevie May is very unpredictable. He’s making steps nobody expected him to make two years ago, so he’s surprising us all the time. Nobody knows where his ceiling is.

"The good thing about Stevie is he’s a very specific player, he’s got strength and energy and scoring ability.

"He’s a lovely boy and I wish him all the best. I’m delighted for him he’s getting the chance to challenge himself in the Scotland squad."

May, who earned eight caps for the Under-21s, is the second-youngest player to be selected by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.

The Scots play Georgia at Hampden Park before travelling across Europe to take on Poland.

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