John McGinn has issued a passionate rally cry to Scotland fans, insisting he’d need to be unable to walk in order to miss international duty.
Aston Villa’s battling midfielder grabbed the winner against Cyprus on Saturday in a 2-1 win. His second half strike ensured his fourth Scotland goal in just two games.
In the wake of many dropouts from the squad, McGinn says only serious injury would prevent him from ever playing in navy.
He told the Daily Record (page 78, 17/11/19): “Every player and club is different. I can only speak from my own experience but I’m sure my manager, Dean Smith, would tell you I’d have to be on crutches not to come away with Scotland.
“I always try to make myself available. I think I’ve had to pull out of training once.”
McGinn commitment is what Scotland fans want
Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay, Kieran Tierney, Liam Cooper, Ryan Fraser and Robert Snodgrass are all missing Scotland duty for one reason or another.
Whilst some are genuinely injured, members of the Tartan Army have questioned others’ commitment to the national team cause. Such a strong statement from McGinn is exactly what they want to hear.
Fans want players who are proud play for their country and McGinn seems bursting with pride when he features for Scotland. That has shown in his performances, as in his more advanced role, he’s been exceptional.
Supporters will be eager for other players to develop the same commitment McGinn has for his country’s cause.