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McGINN BUOYANT FOR SCOTLAND CLASHES

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HIBERNIAN star, John McGinn has promised to be ready to step up and deliver if called upon by Gordon Strachan to start in the crucial ties against Slovakia and Slovenia.

The 22-year-old was extremely impressive in the 2-2 draw at Celtic Park on Saturday in which he scored two neat goals to earn his side a point.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, the former St Mirren man was confident in his ability to fill the void that Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong’s injuries have left.

“I’m as ready as I’ve ever been – I am confident, feeling strong, and as fit as I have ever been.”

“I always feel ready, and always believe in myself. The Hibs lads will tell you they feel as if I am ready, it is up to the manager now. Hopefully I can train well this week and put myself in his thoughts.”

After the result at Celtic Park, where John’s grandfather Jack McGinn was club chairman, McGinn said that his performance hasn’t harmed his chances of starting on Thursday and impressing Gordon Strachan.

“I was trying to focus on playing my best today, and this week I am going to train as hard as I can. The manager knows what I can do, and it is up to him to decide now. Whatever he decides, I will be fully supportive, and hopefully we can get two special victories.

“We just have to keep playing as well as we have been playing, and try to concentrate on one game at a time. We have to get three points against Slovakia, which isn’t going to be easy, and if we do that, we give ourselves a right good chance of securing second place.”

McGinn did admit that the losses of Brown, national captain, and his midfield partner, Armstrong, would be massive for Scotland.

“Not only on the park but off it, they are two big characters in the dressing room.

“They have done ever so well recently, and it was good to get Scott back from retirement.

“But the one thing we are lucky enough to have is strength in depth in midfield. If you are called up, you have to try to do as well as they have been doing.”

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