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John McGinn wants to build on Scotland debut and prove his backers right


John McGinn agreed with his army of backers who called on Gordon Strachan to include him in Scotland’s last campaign.

But now the Hibs midfielder wants to do his talking on the pitch and make sure he proves they were right to push for his inclusion.

The Tartan Army and pundits were queuing up for McGinn and Callum McGregor to feature when Stuart Armstrong and Scott Brown were ruled out of the final two World Cup qualifiers.

Strachan resisted those calls and while he earned a victory at home to Slovakia, he failed to get the win needed in the final qualifier in Slovenia as Scotland missed out on a Russia 2018 play-off place.

But McGinn now sees it as a fresh start and was impressive despite the 1-0 friendly defeat to Holland at Pittodrie last week.

John McGinn challenges Holland’s Georginio Wijnaldum

The 23-year-old sees that as his first opportunity to show he belongs at international level as he prepares to battle it out for a midfield place.

McGinn said: “When people were calling for me and Callum to get a chance in the last campaign I agreed with them!

“But I respected the manager’s decision and had to be patient and work hard. You always have to get your head down and work hard.

“Thankfully I got the opportunity against Holland and all I need to do now is focus on playing well for Hibs and hopefully get selected in the future.

“I want to try and keep my position now and hold my own towards the start of the Euro…

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