John McGinn should’ve started against England - Chick Young

John McGinn has two caps for Scotland. Picture: Michael Gillen
John McGinn has two caps for Scotland. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Scotland made a mistake in not starting John McGinn against England on Friday night, according to BBC Sportsound pundit Chick Young.

The Hibs midfielder travelled down with the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifier at Wembley, but was forced to sit on the bench while the Scots lost 3-0 to their biggest rivals.

McGinn then caught the midnight flight back to Edinburgh in order to play in Hibs’ 1-1 draw with Falkirk on Saturday, where he produced the cross for Paul Hanlon’s late equaliser.

With fans calling for the head of Gordon Strachan, BBC pundit Young believes the Scotland boss missed a trick by not starting the 22-year-old ahead of West Brom’s James Morrison on Friday evening.

He said: “I fret over the continuing subbing of John McGinn and how people cannot see that this lad is international class and will be at a big English club very shortly.

“James Morrison contributed little in the middle of the park, so McGinn could have come in for him.

“John McGinn is not a kid. He’s played for Scotland before. I would have put him right into the team.”

Barry Ferguson added: “I think the problem with McGinn is, with Gordon Strachan, that he’s playing in the Championship. If he’d been playing in the Premiership, I think he might have been playing in the team. There’s certainly a difference in quality between the two leagues.

“But, for me, McGinn will be a future Scotland player.”

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