McGinn keen to double up with Celt
John McGinn believes he and Callum McGregor are ready to ride to Scotland’s World Cup rescue.
Manager Gordon Strachan faces a dilemma after seeing key men Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong ruled out of this week’s crucial World Cup qualifiers with Slovakia and Slovenia.
But Hibernian midfielder McGinn and his Celtic counterpart McGregor could not have chosen a better moment to shine after both men hit doubles during Saturday’s Parkhead draw.
McGregor’s display has finally convinced manager Gordon Strachan to give him a call-up and now McGinn has pressed the case for the pair to be thrown straight into the fray by insisting their games are perfectly suited.
“Callum is a top player,” said the Leith player. “I think he was trying to outdo me at the weekend but we’re glad to have him this week.
“It just shows the strength we have as a country in midfield that he was out for so long.
“I think we could play together. We are slightly different players but will complement each other well. Callum is probably better at putting the ball in the net than me but whoever the manager decides to go with we’ll be doing whatever we can to get the best result possible.”
“Do I feel ready to start? Absolutely. Every time I’ve come away with Scotland I’ve learned and improved. At club level I’m playing some of the best football I’ve ever played. I’m confident and we’ve got the chance to go and become heroes.”
Ready to step to it: John McGinn, right, and Callum McGregor both scored doubles at the weekend