Preston sadly never really got to see the best of Stevie May, but he’s had a big say in the Scottish title race today.
Having missed out on signing him from St Johnstone in 2014, Preston pounced just a year later, signing him from Sheffield Wednesday. Seven goals in his first season with the Owls was a decent enough record, so Preston fans had real enthusiasm about his arrival.
Sadly, the Scot suffered a major knee injury just three months into his Preston career, and spent more than a year out of action. He did find the net against Rotherham United in 2017, but that was his only North End goal.
Despite his former Hamilton boss Alex Neil arriving as Preston boss just months later, May was sold to Aberdeen. North End allegedly paid £800,000 to sign May, but ended up letting him leave for less than half of that, selling for £300,000.
Even back in Scotland, May couldn’t get back to his best. With just eight goals in 75 games for Aberdeen, May was allowed to leave Pittodrie last summer, re-joining former club St Johnstone.
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The last few years have been difficult for the striker, and it’s truly sad that Preston were robbed of a potentially dangerous striker. Still, he’s now showing signs of life again at St Johnstone – and played a big role in the title race today.
May scored a late equaliser for St Johnstone against Rangers today, earning a 2-2 draw – and leaving Celtic 12 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
May’s goal may have just made him a temporary Celtic hero, as it looks like the Bhoys will now win a ninth league title in a row. The 27-year-old now has seven goals in 24 games this season, a more than respectable record back at his first club.
Maybe going back home is what May really needed; he may never fulfil the potential he once showed there, but he can still have an impact – as he showed today, as his goal may have just ended the title race once and for all.