JOHN McGINN was Scotland’s two-goal hero as they fought back to beat Kazakhstan 3-1 in the final Euro 2020 qualifier at Hampden last night.

However, the midfield powerhouse was NOT satisfied – he claimed he should have had a hat-trick!

McGinn has now scored seven goals in six international games with three for Aston Villa this season and admitted he had never enjoyed such a run of form in front of goal.

However, the former Hibs star thanks Hearts ace Steven Naismith for his assistance at this level.

McGinn, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I think that it helps me that Naisy wants to come and link the play and I can feed off the scraps.

“If I can help the team with goals, I am happy to do so. I am in a good run of form with goals and, hopefully, I can carry it on.

MISS…John McGinn knocks the ball past the post from close range.

“I probably could have had a hat-trick tonight.

“That’s what the manager said. Being a bit picky maybe, but I am getting in the positions and the important thing is the service is coming.

“The win was immensely important.

“We were a squad and nation battered without confidence towards the start of the campaign.

“Slowly, but surely, we have started to build that confidence and especially in the second-half, you see a Scotland team again and one in March we can make the nation proud again.”

The Scots completed their European Qualifying campaign with three successive wins – although they have failed to qualify for next summer’s finals through the conventional method, they have the chance to get there through the Nations League play-offs.

In Group I, Clarke’s side finished third on 15 points after five wins and five defeats after 10 games, nine points behind second-placed Russia with Belgium also going through as section winners.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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