Hibs’ Alan Stubbs travelling to Hampden to watch John McGinn

John McGinn is in line to win his first cap for Scotland tonight. Pic: SNS
John McGinn is in line to win his first cap for Scotland tonight. Pic: SNS
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Hibs boss Alan Stubbs will be at Hampden tonight to see Easter Road midfielder John McGinn hopefully win the first full Scotland cap he believes the 21-year-old fully deserves.

McGinn has been named in Gordon Strachan’s squad for the friendly against Denmark at Hampden and is set to become the first Hibs star to play for Scotland since Leigh Griffiths made his international debut in a 2-1 win against Luxembourg in November 2012.

The former St Mirren youngster has been in outstanding form for Stubbs’ side this season and also impressed Strachan enough when he joined Ricky Sbragia’s Under-21 squad – captained by McGinn – for a week’s training a few months ago to persuade him to 
promote the player despite the Capital club being in the 
Championship.

Stubbs said: “Whether John starts the game or comes off the bench it will be a really special moment for him, one that I feel he has earned this season and hopefully it will be the first of many for him.

“It’s great for John, great for the club and hopefully we can get more into the squad as well.”

While McGinn will be at Hampden, his Easter Road team-mates Liam Henderson and Jason Cummings will be facing Northern Ireland in Paisley (kick off 4pm) as the Under-21s hope to keep their slim hopes of qualifying for their European Championships alive and Stubbs believes that fact should inspire the pair.

He said: “That’s their next aim – they’re away with the Under-21s and the natural thing is to then look at a full cap. When that might be is up to them, but they have to keep catching Gordon’s attention by doing the right things.”

Meanwhile, Danny Handling, who made his first appearance in eight months after ruturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a pre-season friendly against Berwick Rangers by playing 45 minutes of last week’s development squad win over St Mirren, will be given a longer stint in tomorrow night’s match away to Motherwell.