St Johnstone: Stevie May eyes Scottish Cup for Perth populace

Scottish Cup final - St Johnstone v Dundee Utd

  • Venue: Celtic Park
  • Date: Saturday, 17 May
  • Kick-off: 15:00 BST

Coverage: BBC One Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Sport website

St Johnstone talisman Stevie May knows more than most what it would mean to the city of Perth to win the Scottish Cup for the first time on Saturday.

The in-form striker and midfielder David Wotherspoon are two local men in Tommy Wright's likely starting line-up.

"It is massive," said May. "It's not just a credit to the club and everyone involved but the city as a whole.

"I think the backing we've had is more than we could have expected. We are nearly on 15,000 tickets."

When you drive through the town and see the window displays and all the banners, it is really nice to know that people are behind us

Stevie May St Johnstone striker

St Johnstone and Tayside opponents Dundee United, who expect to have the backing of about 28,000 to Glasgow, are both taking their biggest-ever supports to Celtic Park,

"Hopefully there will be a little surge before the final," May told BBC Scotland.

"I think it is the most we have taken anywhere and it shows that they are there and, if we can maybe put on a show and get a few more season ticket holders next season on the back of this, that would be an added bonus.

"When you drive through the town and see the window displays and all the banners, it is really nice to know that people are behind us.

"I struggle to put into words what it would mean for us to lift the Cup.

"Over the past few weeks, I've had people come up to me of all ages saying how special it is and that the buzz around the club is like nothing they've seen before."

St Johnstone midfielder David Wotherspoon

Wotherspoon wants to lift the Scottish Cup for real in front of his family

St Johnstone lost to Aberdeen in the League Cup semi-final before gaining revenge in the last four of the Scottish Cup and finished sixth in the Scottish Premiership.

"It has probably been the most successful season St Johnstone have had - a semi-final, a final and we're top-six again, which is a massive achievement in its own," said May.

United won the first meeting between the sides this season, but the Scotland Under-21 striker, who has scored 27 goals this season, is hopeful that the Saints' can add to their own three straight wins since.

"We are a team that gets stuck right in and I don't think we're a team people like coming up against," he said.

"That's maybe some of the reasons why we've had the better of United so far this season.

"But they have a lot of quality and on the day it's going to be whoever performs best who is going to take that trophy home."

Wotherspoon has been rejuvenated by his move to his hometown club after being released by Hibernian.

"It is just a massive occasion for Perth and obviously for St Johnstone Football Club," he said.

"You turn up at training and you see the massive queues coming out the stands and it's great.

"All the people are saying hello to you as you pass by and are all happy and buzzing for the final.

"We would love to be up there lifting the cup in front of everyone, in front of my family."