Marathon man McGinn is happy to keep on running for Hibs
JOHN McGinn’s legs may be crying out about the amount of games they have had to endure this season but the midfielder himself isn’t complaining.
The 3-2 championship victory against Rangers in midweek was the 21-year-old’s 50th game of the campaign, all spent scurrying around, non-stop, in the engine room for club and country.
While Hibs would dearly love to overhaul Falkirk for a second-placed finish and save themselves two extra matches, McGinn’s final personal tally could reach 62 if the Easter Road club go the distance in the play-offs then the player makes Gordon Strachan’s squad for the international friendlies with France and Italy. Thankfully, the midfielder believes that tiredness is all in the mind.
“Fifty is a good achievement for me and I am delighted with it,” said McGinn, named this week in the PFA Scotland shortlist for championship player of the year. “But I wouldn’t mind if I have to play 60 or even more.
“I would much rather playing like this and challenging at the top end of the table than playing 30 games at the bottom.
“If you tell yourself you’re tired then you’ll be tired,” added the player, who made his Scotland debut against Denmark in March. “I am 21, I still have energy, I still have legs.
“I feel a bit for the older guys but that’s not for me to worry about and it [going away with Scotland] wouldn’t be too much at all. If the manager was interested in putting me in the squads then I’d have no hesitation in going. It would be an amazing experience. But that’s up to the manager to decide whether I am good enough for his next squad. I will be ready if called upon.”
Hibs travel to Morton today endeavouring to keep their hopes of second place alive.
IN THE MIND: McGinn says tiredness is psychological