Stubbs not surprised by McGinn’s Scotland performance

Denmark midfielder Lasse Schone pressures Scotland midfielder John McGinn. Picture: Neil Hanna
Denmark midfielder Lasse Schone pressures Scotland midfielder John McGinn. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Alan Stubbs today insisted he wasn’t surprised in the slightest to see Hibs kid John McGinn mark his first full Scotland cap with a man-of-the-match performance.

The Easter Road midfielder was promoted from captaining the national Under-21s and seized his chance against Denmark, not looking at all out of place against the likes of Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen.

Agreeing it was a night the 21-year-old will never forget, Stubbs said: “He has done it against top-class opposition and when you do it on a night like that it means everything.

“But it didn’t surprise me, the belief John has that he would take into the game and look to do what he wanted to.

“It’s like everything else he puts his mind to. He did very well and would have come away from last night very pleased and very proud of what he had achieved.”

And Stubbs believes the former St Mirren player would have revelled in rubbing shoulders in such company.

He said: “Sometimes when you make a step up people think it’s harder but it can actually be easier as you have good players who make better options as long as you have the ability.

“John certainly has that and being next to a lot of other players playing at the top level will have helped him. The biggest compliment anyone can pay him is that he has gone from the Under-21s to the full international level and that he didn’t look at all out of place.”