Aston Villa and Scotland star John McGinn is hoping First Minister Nicola Sturgeon can allow fans into Hampden this summer as he hails Arsenal ace Kieran Tierney.

The Aston Villa midfielder took his Scotland tally to double figures this week with a brace against Faroe Islands, assisted on both occasions by Arsenal left-back Tierney. Hampden is due to host Euro 2020 matches this summer, Scotland set to play on home soil during their first major tournament since 1998.

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Aston Villa and Arsenal link. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And McGinn is urging good behaviour (Sky Sports): “It’s been hard, it’s been playing on our minds. The manager told us to forget about it and think about these three games, but it’s been a long time coming for everyone in the country. It’s now time to get excited.

“We’re going to do our best, us as players, to try and focus on keeping fit and playing well. It’s the supporters’ job and everyone in Scotland to be on their best behaviour and hopefully Mrs Sturgeon can allow a few fans in here in the summer.”

The Aston Villa star says it’s weird to be in double figures for his national, hailing Arsenal man Tierney: “It’s a bit surreal, to be honest. When you have the quality of KT (Kieran Tierney), the first one, I’ve watched him do that all season for Arsenal. I had a wee feeling he was going to cut it back and I managed to finish it.

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Good goal. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“The second one it was right on the napper. We are lucky to have two world-class left backs and both of them got up the pitch, causing them a lot of problems. To be fair, the manager put a lot of attacking players on the pitch. He said we needed crosses into the box.

“I maybe could have got another one if I’d opened my mouth to Lyndon (Dykes) in the first half.  They’re just brilliant deliveries and we could have got a couple more.”

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