ALAN STUBBS has urged John McGinn to “give it a bit of welly” more often after watching the midfielder score a stunning goal to send Hibs on their way to victory over Raith Rovers.
Stark’s Park boss Ray McKinnon described the 20-year-old’s fourth minute strike as “out of this world” and now Easter Road head coach Stubbs wants more of the same from the former St Mirren kid .
He said: “I was right behind it. The ball was moving all over the place and I was just hoping it was not going to move on the outside of the post but stay inside it. It was a strike which deserved to go in, an unbelievable strike.
“I know John can do that but I have been a bit frustrated because he has a thud of a left foot. I’ve asked him to back himself a bit more often. He gets in some great positions but sometimes he does not put his foot through the ball as much as he should – it’s like a little bit of a stab at times.
“But I think we are seeing John blossom a bit as a player. He is getting stronger and his performances are getting better.”
Meanwhile, Stubbs revealed he allowed teenager Scott Martin to go on loan at League One Forfar Athletic to give him the first team experience he can’t offer him at Easter Road.
Although Martin made four appearances for Hibs at the start of the season – scoring against Montrose in the League Cup – Stubbs now has plenty of options in the middle of the park including Fraser Fyvie, Marvin Bartley, Liam Henderson, Dylan McGeouch, Dan Carmichael, Sam Stanton and McGinn, all of whom are ahead of him in the pecking order. Stubbs said: “With the players we have at our disposal in midfield it’s a good opportunity for him to go on loan and get some experience. I think a lot of him and it’s important at his age he goes and gets a little bit of experience on a Saturday.” Martin, who played in Forfar’s defeat at Dunfermline at the weekend, joins another Hibs youngster, striker Lewis Allan, at Station Park, Stubbs confident the pair will be “looked after” by Loons boss Dick Campbell.
Stubbs added: “THe’ll learn going into a team that has aspirations of being at the top of that league. So, from that point of view, it will be a good experience for him, one that at the moment we can’t afford him.
“It’s a 28-day emergency loan to start off then we will have a look at the situation to see whether everything is going according to plan and, if we want to extend it, we have the option to do that.”