His brother at Aston Villa, John McGinn, was left in shock – and Paul McGinn admits his own double caught him off-guard.

The right-back has scored only a handful of goals in his career but scored two on Tuesday as Hibs drew with St Johnstone 2-2. It lead to a few texts from clos ally’s and his Aston Villa relative.

Hibs’ full-back says it was nice to hear some positive messages: “I scored three for St Mirren before coming to Hibs but before that I was probably averaging about a goal a season! So, that was a good start to my Hibs tally.

“Honestly, I was sneaking in at the back post right at the end thinking ‘I’m on a hat-trick and this is coming across’ – I was getting a bit excited. And, I’d have fancied myself to finish it.

“I’ve had a few texts from people coming out of the woodwork who usually only text me to slag me off – so it’s nice to get a few plaudits for a change. I am pleased, but I’m frustrated.”
Paul McGinn scored twice for Hibs vs St Johnstone

Disappointment for McGinn despite the messages from his Aston Villa relative. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

His ‘frustration’ comes from not sealing three points, something which he feels Hibs ought to have managed at home to St Johnstone. He says it’s a result he’ll have trouble sleeping on.
“Considering we were quite poor, it was good to drag us off the canvas. But there’s a real sense of frustration with how poor we were on the ball,” said the right-back.
“Maybe I should give St Johnstone more credit because they are hard to play against. They stop balls into the striker and even when we went two up top, they got even better at that.
Paul McGinn in action for Hibernian

Paul McGinn in action for Hibernian. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“The final ball just wasn’t there for us. It’s just an annoying night. We’ve not beaten them here in years and I’ll not sleep well.”
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