Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn certainly didn’t disappointment on a big personal night for him in Scotland colours.
Steve Clarke’s side ran out 1-0 winners over Czech Republic at Hampden in Nations League action, a Ryan Fraser goal enough to give them a lead of four points in the Group B section.
It also extends Scotland’s unbeaten run to eight, the first time they’ve managed that since 1988. Leading them out onto the pitch for this triumph was Aston Villa man McGinn.
With usual captain Andy Robertson suspended, the Villans battler stepped up to take the captain’s armband for the first time. It was a big honour and reward for the excellent form on both domestic and international scenes in recent times.
Again McGinn was inspirational, running himself into the ground in a tireless performance that helped Scotland win the midfield battle. He encapsulated Clarke’s hard-work ethic that is flowing throughout his team.
McGinn was subbed with just over ten minutes to go, Clarke opting to give him a slightly early night after three huge shifts in six days. The stand-in skipper has been inspirational in Scotland booking a Euro 2020 play-off final spot and taking Nations League control.
Aston Villa’s Scotsman will now head back down south in high spirits after a great international break.