St Johnstone striker Stevie May probably won’t start this weekend’s Betfred Cup Final against Livingston. Guy Melamed is in good form up-front for the Saints, and most of May’s recent appearances for the Perth side have come off the bench.

Indeed, he has not started a game for St Johnstone since the 1-0 loss to Rangers at the start of February. However, even though he has not started games recently, that does not mean that May can’t have an influence on the cup final.

Manager will have earmarked player for key role

Indeed, manager Callum Davidson might well have earmarked him as the type of player who can come off the bench and cause Livingston all sorts of problems.

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Stevie May in action against Celtic (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Despite not being a regular starter this season, the 28-year-old has still scored 10 goals this season. That is a more than respectable total.

Useful option against tiring defence

May is the type of player whose aerial prowess could cause problems for David Martindale’s side. If, towards the end of the game for example, Livingston’s defence are tiring, May is a more than useful option to bring on and cause those tired defenders problems.

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Stevie May could be a key man in the Betfred Cup Final (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

May, who was a stand-out performer in St Johnstone’s Scottish Cup win back in 2014, would no doubt love to start the game for the Saints. However, should that not happen, he could still have an impact on the game.

There is no way that a 10-goal striker does not feature for the Saints at some stage on Sunday. Only time will tell when that will be, but May will almost certainly be given the chance to have an impact on the cup final.

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