Steve Clarke says that a position change for John McGinn at Aston Villa has had its benefits for the Scotland side.
Over the international break, McGinn was a star for Clarke, netting three times as Scotland beat Cyprus 2-1 and Kazakhstan 3-1.
Clarke says that his switch to a more advanced role at Villa Park has allowed him to contribute more to the national team.
He told the Daily Record (page 69, 21/11/19): “International football is a different level. It took John McGinn a long time to find out the level.
“The little tweak in John’s position, which came from Aston Villa who stuck him a little bit higher up the pitch, has made a difference.
“We have utilised it as well. As well as giving us a threat attacking-wise with John arriving in the box, which he is very good at, it also gives us a good high-press at times.”
McGinn is attacking with intent in Scotland colours
The attacking nature of McGinn’s performances have made him the man Scotland turn to for goals in recent internationals. He became the first Scotland player to score in three consecutive games since James McFadden in 2007 this week.
He’s now taken his goal tally to six goals in three games. Not only that, but his drive and enthusiasm to press high up the park is helping his teammates too.
He’ll return to Aston Villa this weekend, where he has featured in 12 Premier League games, scoring three times. They face Newcastle on Monday night.
It’s undeniable now that McGinn is Scotland’s go-to man at the moment and that he’ll be key come March’s Euro 2020 play-offs.