Marathon man McGinn is happy to keep on run­ning for Hibs

The Herald - Herald Sport - - SPFL - STE­WART FISHER

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.

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