The Herald on Sunday
McGinn happy to make nation proud again
JOHN McGINN admits he was relieved to make up for the disappointment of Scotland’s opening-game defeat to the Czech Republic with a spirited performance to secure a 0-0 draw against England at Wembley.
While the Aston Villa midfielder feels the reaction to Monday’s defeat was over the top in some quarters, the former Hibs man is sure he and his team-mates put any doubts over their ability to rest with Friday night’s showing in the UK capital.
“We were all hurting on Monday when we didn’t give the nation a lift,” he said. “It’s not a win but it was certainly a performance to be proud of.
“There were only two and a half thousand fans but we certainly felt their support.”
McGinn added: “It was an amazing performance. We left everything on the pitch and were possibly a little bit hard done by to only come away with a point. But you have to be respectful that England are a great team.
“We definitely stifled them. We certainly made it difficult for them. It was a performance to be proud of and I’m sure the whole country will be saying the same thing.”
Steve Clarke made four changes with Billy Gilmour excelling in his first international start. Kieran Tierney returned from injury and was joined by Scott McTominay in a more fluid back three which allowed Scotland to enjoy their fair share of possession.
“I think there was a slight overreaction to Monday’s performance,” McGinn said. “We had Czech Republic penned in for long spells and we lost goals at difficult times. But I don’t think we played badly. Having Billy and KT in the team, who are two top-class players, maybe helped, I’m not sure, but it felt really comfortable.”