SPFL: Tommy Wright says Stevie May could be a danger to Celtic's unbeaten record
St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has warned Celtic in-form Stevie May could end their unbeaten league run this Sunday.
Last Updated: 14/02/14 4:35pm
The 21-year-old has scored 21 goals for Saints this season - 16 in the league - and Wright is tipping him for a call-up to Gordon Strachan's national side.
Celtic have won 21 of their 24 games this season and currently boast a 21-point advantage over Aberdeen at the top of the Premiership table.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Wright said: "One thing you have to do when you go to Celtic is have a belief that you can do well there and make sure you use the ball well when you do get it.
"So we'll go into the game with a good bit of confidence. We have Stevie May who is on fire at the moment and we have other people in the team who can chip in with a goal.
"And on his displays this season I think Stevie deserves to be in the Scotland squad. We are all talking about younger players at other clubs possibly being involved.
"But Gordon Strachan has watched Stevie a couple of times as he is the man on form, he has been on form all season, and he must be close to a call-up."
And the Northern Irishman took time out to defend fellow-countryman Neil Lennon claiming he receives a 'raw deal in Scotland'.
The Celtic boss has been a hate figure in the eyes of some fans north of the border since arriving from Leicester in 2000, and only last month he was forced to leave a match after having objects and a drink thrown in his direction.
Lennon admits he is baffled by the treatment he is singled out for and Wright believes his friend, and golfing partner, is misunderstood.
"Everybody sees the football side of everybody but I have known Neil a long, long time and I have found him nothing but good company, a good laugh, and really knowledgeable about football," he said.
"He has been at the top of his profession as a player, he has coached at reserve-team level and worked his way up to get one of the top jobs in Europe, and he is still a young man.
"If you're a manager, particularly at Celtic and Rangers, you are in the spotlight all the time, and it's easy for people to try and pick holes in them. But I think he gets a raw deal.
"I can only speak from my experiences of going to games in Scotland, and the boardrooms are friendly, the supporters have a bit of banter and as long as it's a bit of banter it's fine. But people allegedly throwing things and spitting has no place in society."
The pair's time together as Northern Ireland team-mates ended prematurely when Lennon called a halt to his international career after receiving death threats following his move to Celtic.
"He loved his time playing for Northern Ireland," Wright said. "It was sad that he stopped playing. When we used to meet up, it was like a family meeting up. We were all really good friends, in all the Northern Ireland squads, in the 80s, 90s and 2000s.
"It was sad to see Neil had to take a decision to retire from international football. The banter was always good. He kept me going about my training gear and I won't say what I kept him going about."
Watch Celtic take on St Johnstone live on Sky Sports 1HD from 12.30pm this Sunday.