McGinn keen to dou­ble up with Celt

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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

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