Scotland star John McGinn has been handed a shot of the Aston Villa captaincy in a boost for the midfielder ahead of Euro 2020.

The midfielder scored on his first outing as captain too, a nice finish from outside the box as he provided deputy cover for Jack Grealish. But it wasn’t enough as Aston Villa lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace as their English Premier League season comes to a close over the next week.

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McGinn was captaining Aston Villa over the weekend ahead of Euro 2020. (Photo by John Walton – Pool/Getty Images)

McGinn has been with Aston Villa since 2018 after moving from Hibs to Birmingham. He helped the Villans out of the English Championship and McGinn has been a key player in the Premier League under Dean Smith.

Now he is looking forward to Euro 2020 with Scotland. McGinn is Steve Clarke’s vice-captain and will be a crucial cog in the machine if the national team is to achieve success in its first major tournament since 1998. Scotland face Czech Republic, England and Croatia in the group stages.

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