Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn says it was a brilliant feeling to captain Scotland – and says he’s happy to take the honour off Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson more often.

The Villans ace was inspirational on Wednesday evening, playing a key role in midfield as Scotland beat Czech Republic 1-0. He earned Man of the Match as Ryan Fraser’s goal put Steve Clarke’s men one win away from winning section two in the Nations League Group B.


Aston Villa star McGinn replaced Liverpool ace Robertson as captain (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

On the night Aston Villa’s Scotsman was skipper. This was because Liverpool star and Scotland’s usual captain Robertson got himself suspended for the Czech clash by kicking the ball away in frustration during a 1-0 win over Slovakia.

It left the captaincy hole gaping and McGinn filled it expertly. Speaking after his major honour, McGinn was pleased with the international break, Scotland going one game away from next summer’s Euro 2020.

He’s also happy to take the armband off his Liverpool mate more often (Sky Sports): “I was only standing in for Robbo but for me personally it’s a dream come true. To get that opportunity to lead us out is something I’ll never forget.

Scotland v Czech Republic - UEFA Nations League

Leading the nation. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I’m looking forward to having Robbo back next time but if he wants to miss another couple I don’t mind standing in!

“It’s the most confident Scotland team I’ve seen in a while. It’s been a really tough 10 days or so, we showed great character. All the Scottish players now have a chance to come together and be successful.

“Hopefully we can do that.”

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