McGinn in mood to end Celtic’s record run

The Herald - Herald Sport - - LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP - MATTHEW LIND­SAY

NIAL McGINN be­lieves he is in perfect shape to help Aberdeen end the record un­beaten do­mes­tic run of his for­mer club Celtic af­ter en­joy­ing a two-week break in Cal­i­for­nia.

McGinn, who played for North­ern Ire­land dur­ing the Euro 2016 fi­nals in France in the sum­mer, was given a fort­night off by his man­ager Derek McInnes dur­ing the win­ter shut­down this month.

The 29-year-old has shown the ben­e­fits of his sun­shine break since re­turn­ing to ac­tion for the Pit­to­drie club – he scored two goals against Stranraer in the William Hill Scot­tish Cup and net­ted a brace against Dundee in the Lad­brokes Premier­ship.

Aberdeen take on Celtic, who stretched their hot streak of form to 27 games with a 4-0 win over Hearts at Park­head on Sun­day, in a league game in Glas­gow tomorrow evening.

McGinn, who is out of con­tract in the sum­mer and is mulling over the of­fer of an ex­ten­sion, be­lieves he can help Aberdeen ex­tend their own win­ning run to six games.

“I did as much as I could while I was in Amer­ica,” he said. “I went to San Fran­cisco, Los An­ge­les, San Diego and Santa Bar­bara. It was good to just get some down time, take my mind off football and just re­lax a bit. I went to Al­ca­traz, the Golden Gate Bridge and also to a War­riors basketball game.

“So the holiday was great. It’s good to get a break at the right time and put the feet up a bit. I had a solid two weeks do­ing noth­ing, just catch­ing up with fam­ily and friends.

“I re­ally en­joyed it and it has done me good be­cause I have played a lot of football in the last cou­ple of sea­sons. I def­i­nitely think it has paid off.”

McGinn added: “We know how tough it’s go­ing to be against Celtic be­cause they are fly­ing at the top of the league. But we have to take con­fi­dence from the last five games, we’ve kept a few clean sheets.

“We know go­ing there we’ll be put un­der pres­sure, but if we play to our ca­pa­bil­ity and take our chances then we can make it a good night. The con­fi­dence is there so we’re look­ing for­ward to it.”

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