Scotland need everyone firing on all cylinders next week – and John McGinn certainly looks to be if his latest Aston Villa performance is anything to go by.

The former Hibs midfielder is a key cog in Dean Smith’s midfield and he shone during their 3-0 away win to Fulham on Monday night.


Goals from Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Tyrone Mings settled a comfortable victory for the Villa Park side as they made it two wins from two at the start of their Premier League campaign.

McGinn was vital, setting up two of the goals. The first was a superb through ball by the Scotsman, teeing up Grealish for a lovely finish, which was then followed up by a neat lay-off that allowed Hourihane to double Aston Villa’s lead.

If that wasn’t enough, he also completely sold the Fulham midfield with an around the world spin that left football purists grinning from ear to ear.


A dominant display. (Photo by MIKE HEWITT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Such form would be handy for Scotland and Steve Clarke next week as McGinn looks set to feature in the Euro 2020 play-offs that could see his nation return to a major international tournament for the first time since 1998.

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