John McGinn is reveling in proving those who doubt the SPFL wrong at Aston Villa as the midfielder goes from strength to strength down south.
The battler has been a star at Villa Park since his move from Hibs and has made himself a key cog in their Premier League side this term.
A fully fledged member of Steve Clarke’s Scotland side also, McGinn is hoping his and the likes of Andy Robertson’s form teaches people a thing or two about Scottish football.
He told the Scottish Daily Mail (page 110, 26/10/19): “It’s a nice feeling to prove certain people wrong. I love being able to say: ‘Told you, that’ll show them’.
A lot of Scottish players have that streak. When you come down to England, you get the impression people think: ‘Who’s this? He’s come from Scotland’.
“I’m not a fan of that analysis of Scottish football, which is very much underrated. It’s nice that Ryan Fraser, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and I have proved that.”
Plenty of good former SPFL talent like McGinn in the EPL
There are plenty of players from the SPFL who are currently plying their trade in the English Premiership. As well as the names McGinn mentioned, you have the likes of James McArthur and McCarthy, Kenny McLean, Robert Snodgrass and Matt Doherty all starring for their respective sides.
McGinn is relatively new to the fray but he is already racking up some impressive statistics. He averages 1.7 successful dribbles a game, 1.4 key passes a game and an 80.9 % pass completion rate in the EPL this term (WhoScored).
Scottish football is often referred to as ‘tinpot’ by some but players like McGinn break that mould. The Scottish Premiership is actually a league with quality and has certainly been home to a few good players.
One of those players was McGinn and now Villa are reaping the rewards of his services.