May wants to make it back to Scottish Cup final in May but this time with Dons

Stevie May. Picture by Chris Sumner

Comeback striker Stevie May today targeted more Scottish Cup glory – having already won the trophy with St Johnstone.

May is set to lead the line against Kilmarnock in the quarter-final today having recovered from an ankle injury.

The £400,000 summer signing from Preston started his first game since mid-December when facing Celtic in the 2-0 loss last Sunday.

May, 25, had been suffering from the injury since a horror challenge from Rangers skipper Ryan Jack in a 2-1 loss to the Ibrox club in the Granite City on December 3.

Scotland cap May insists there is no bad blood towards Jack who received a straight red, and he is now focused on helping the Dons land the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1990.

He said: “I know how good it is to win the Scottish Cup.

“Whenever you win a trophy it is the type of feeling that is hard to explain but lifting the Scottish Cup is the best feeling of my career so far.

“I am sure the other boys who have won it would say the same.

“Apart from the Premiership, the Scottish Cup is the next biggest tournament.

“I want to get to another Scottish Cup final and Kilmarnock is the next step towards achieving that.”

After more than two months of frustration with the ankle injury May finally started for the Reds last weekend.

Former Dons skipper Jack was hit by a three-game ban for the challenge on May. ‘Gers appealed the dismissal but that bid failed.

May had only returned late last season from a long-term knee injury that ruled him out for 18 months at Preston.

The striker has no animosity towards Jack for the challenge. On the injury sustained against Rangers, he said: “It is one of these things. It happens, it is football.

“You get tackled all the time and it is just how you land sometimes when it happens.

“It can happen to anyone.”

May was pivotal in St Johnstone’s Scottish Cup triumph in 2014.

Aberdeen fans will remember that only too well as he scored a double in the semi-final to dump the Reds 2-1.

Aberdeen had led 1-0 at the break.

He wants to have a similar impact in Aberdeen’s bid to get to the national stadium.

However, with Kilmarnock hitting form he realises the Reds face a tough tie.

He said: “Kilmarnock have been revitalised and are doing well.

“We have played them a few times this season and have managed to do well against them.

“We are in good spirits about getting a win.” The Dons go into the all-or-nothing cup tie having lost back to back games to rivals Celtic and Hibs. That double blow resulted in any semblance of a late Premiership title tilt being obliterated. Aberdeen also lost ground in the race for runners-up spot as they trail second-placed Rangers by six points. May insists confidence has not been dented.

He said: “Celtic was one of those that we had to put to bed. “The game could have gone the other way as there were a couple of big moments. There were a few good saves where we probably should have taken our chances as it could have been a different game with them down to 10 men. “The next day we looked over it and then our full focus moved on to the cup game.”

Today’s match was given the go-ahead despite the Beast from the East’s recent heavy snowfall. The Reds’ game at Motherwell on Wednesday was called off, although the squad had travelled south the night before.

May said: “We managed to get training although a lot of time was taken up going down for the Motherwell game and then coming back up.

“It wasn’t actually too bad coming back.

“There was a bit of bad traffic around Glasgow because of the snow but once we got out of that it only added an extra 45 minutes or so on to the journey.

“We are lucky there is an astro-turf pitch at the Sports Village just down the road so we managed to do some training there to prepare for the game.

“All week we have been focused on the Scottish Cup game being on so we have been preparing for that.”