Scottish football may not be in its greatest state, but recent results under Gordon Strachan suggest there is some hope for the Tartan Army.

A 1-0 victory in Croatia gave Scotland hope of qualifying for Euro 16, where 24 teams can now compete, instead of 16.

While the SPL remains a poor spectacle because of Rangers' absence, a striker at St. Johnstone has burst on the scene in the Scottish top flight.

Stevie May, 21, has scored 23 times in just 38 appearances across all competitions and is the joint-third league scorer with 18.

He is a leading candidate for the SPL Young Player of the Year award and his scoring ability has not gone unnoticed by English clubs.

League One play-off certainties Rotherham had a £300,000 bid rejected in November, with the Saints valuing their star player at around £800,000.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans didn't find this a viable option for the Millers, bit this reflects a fair price for the Scotland U21 international, who has been lethal for every club he's represented.

Last season May scored 20 in 28 matches for Scottish Championship side Hamilton.

The Accies sold Everton midfielder James McCarthy in 2009 and the Irishman went on to establish himself in the Premier League and win last season's FA Cup with Wigan.

May has already made an impact for Scotland's U21s, by scoring on his first start against Slovakia in October.

St. Johnstone, who are sixth in the SPL, will do well to keep hold of May after a superb first full season at McDiarmid Park.

Big things are expected of the ponytail-haired striker and he could well follow in McCarthy's footsteps. 


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