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Sheffield Wed striker May, Sporting Lisbon's Gauld receive Scotland call

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has called Stevie May into his Scotland quad for the very first time.

The 21-year old Sheffield Wednesday striker has been named in Strachan's 27-man squad for October's Euro2016 qualifiers against Georgia and Poland after a bright beginning to his career in the English Championship.

May joined the Owls from St Johnstone for an undisclosed fee in the summer and has so far scored three goals in eight league appearances.

Joining May in the squad for the first time is Sporting Lisbon youngster Ryan Gauld who has scored one goal in seven outings for the Portuguese giants' B team.

Strachan said he wanted to give some opportunities to younger players as he begins to prepare his team for the Glasgow meeting with the Georgians on October 11 and the trip to Warsaw to take on the Poles three days later.

"They 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," he said on Tuesday.

"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. I'm waiting on injury reports from games tonight."

Scotland squad for Georgia & Poland friendlies

Goalkeepers

Craig Gordon (Celtic) David Marshall (Cardiff City) Allan McGregor (Hull City)

Defenders

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) Craig Forsyth (Derby County) Gordon Greer (Brighton & Hove Albion) Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Russell Martin (Norwich City) Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) Andrew Robertson (Hull City) Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)

Midfielders

Ikechi Anya (Watford) Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace) Scott Brown (Celtic) Craig Bryson (Derby County) Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) Ryan Gauld (Sporting Lisbon) Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) James McArthur (Crystal Palace) James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion)

Forwards

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) Chris Martin (Derby County) Steven Naismith (Everton)

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