The Herald on Sunday

McGinn happy to make nation proud again

- JOHN McGILL

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.”

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John McGinn in action

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