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John McGinn (born 18 October 1994) is a Scottish footballer, who plays as a midfielder for EFL Championship club Aston Villa and the Scotland national football team. McGinn previously played for St Mirren and Hibernian, and also represented Scotland at the under-19 and under-21 levels. He made his full international debut in March 2016.

John McGinn
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-10-18) 18 October 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder[1]
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa
Number 7
Youth career
St Mirren
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 St Mirren 87 (4)
2015–2018 Hibernian 101 (12)
2018– Aston Villa 40 (6)
National team
2013–2014 Scotland U19 4 (0)
2014–2016 Scotland U21 6 (0)
2016– Scotland 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:18, 15 May 2019 (UTC)

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Club careerEdit

St MirrenEdit

McGinn started his career as a youth player at St Mirren playing for the club's Ralston Academy.[2] He broke into the first team in pre-season of the 2012–13 season, representing the club against English opposition Carlisle United and Accrington Stanley.[3] In the same summer he also helped the under-20 side to victory in Kilbirnie Ladeside pre-season tournament, picking up joint player of the tournament with Jack Smith.[4] McGinn made his competitive début against SPL champions Celtic in a 5–0 defeat, coming off the bench as a 78th-minute substitute.[5]

On 29 November 2012, McGinn signed a new three-year contract, keeping him at St Mirren Park until summer 2015.[6] McGinn played the first 81 minutes of the 2013 Scottish League Cup Final, as St Mirren won the League Cup by winning 3–2 against Hearts.[7]

In April 2015, McGinn was "speared" by St Mirren club captain Steven Thompson during a training session prank gone wrong. The resulting injury meant that McGinn missed the remainder of the season, and in turn took legal action against the club.[8]

HibernianEdit

On 31 July 2015, McGinn joined Hibernian on a four-year contract.[9] Hibernian paid St Mirren a development fee for McGinn and promised them 30% of any future transfer fee.[10] McGinn was part of the Hibernian team that won the 2015–16 Scottish Cup, the club's first victory in the competition for 114 years.[11] In the following season, McGinn helped them win promotion to the Scottish Premiership.[12]

Hibs rejected three offers from EFL Championship club Nottingham Forest for McGinn during August 2017.[10][13] McGinn scored both of the Hibs goals in a 2–2 draw at Celtic on 30 September,[14] and the first goal in a 2–1 win at Rangers on 3 February 2018.[15] McGinn was one of four players nominated for the 2017–18 PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year award.[16]

Celtic made three offers for McGinn during July 2018, but these were all rejected by Hibernian.[17] During this period of transfer speculation, McGinn continued to play regularly for Hibs and scored the winning goal in a Europa League qualifier against Asteras Tripolis.[18] McGinn visited Aston Villa's training ground on 7 August to discuss a potential transfer,[19] which was completed the following day.[18]

Aston VillaEdit

McGinn signed a four-year contract with Aston Villa on 8 August 2018[20] despite interest from Celtic. He made his debut for Villa in a 3–2 win against Wigan Athletic on 11 August, during which he provided an assist for the opening goal and his inswinging corner forced an own goal in the second half.[21] McGinn scored his first goal in English football on 22 September, a swerving 25-yard volley in a 2–1 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday[22] which was later named EFL Championship goal of the month.

Despite consistent performances at his new club, which saw McGinn quickly become a new fan favourite, Villa began the season poorly, which eventually lead to the sacking of Steve Bruce as manager of the club in November 2018.[23] Brentford manager Dean Smith was appointed as the new manager,[24] and McGinn continued to be a key player in the Villa starting 11 for the new manager. The midfielder picked up his first goal under the new manager in a 3–0 win against Derby County[25] and then picked up his first brace for the club in a 3–1 win over Nottingham Forest in March 2019.[26] McGinn's good form continued, scoring goals against Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday as Villa's form picked up heading into the final stages of the season.

International careerEdit

McGinn received an international call-up when he was selected as part of a Scotland under-19 squad for a training camp in Turkey in January 2013.[27] He later went on to make his international debut for the under-19 side against Netherlands in a 2–1 defeat.[28] McGinn then captained the under-19s against Serbia in Stara Pazova.[29] On 5 March 2014, he made his debut for the Scotland under-21 side in a 2–2 draw against Hungary at Tannadice.[30] McGinn later captained the under-21 team.[31]

McGinn received his first call-up to the senior Scotland squad in March 2016, for a friendly against Denmark.[32] McGinn played for the whole of the 1–0 win and was awarded man of the match.[33]

Personal lifeEdit

John is the third of four children to parents Stephen and Mary. He has a twin sister, Katie, and his older brothers Stephen and Paul are also professional footballers.[34][35] All three brothers have been with St Mirren at some stage in their careers.[34] Their grandfather Jack McGinn is a former Celtic chairman and Scottish Football Association president.[36]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 15 May 2019[37][38]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
St Mirren 2012–13 Scottish Premier League 22 1 3 0 2 0 27 1
2013–14 Scottish Premiership 35 3 2 0 1 0 38 3
2014–15 30 0 2 0 1 0 33 0
Total 87 4 7 0 4 0 98 4
Hibernian 2015–16 Scottish Championship 36 3 7 0 5 1 4 1 52 5
2016–17[note 1] 29 4 5 1 1 0 2 0 37 5
2017–18 Scottish Premiership 35 5 1 0 7 1 43 6
2018–19[note 2] 1 0 3 2 4 2
Total 101 12 13 1 13 2 9 3 136 22
Aston Villa 2018–19 Championship 40 6 1 0 2 0 43 6
Career total 225 19 21 1 17 2 11 3 277 28

InternationalEdit

As of 12:17, 16 April 2019 (UTC)[37][39]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2016 2 0
2017 3 0
2018 8 0
2019 1 0
Total 14 0

HonoursEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Soccerbase did not record appearances made by McGinn against Brondby IF on 14 July and 21 July 2016.
  2. ^ Soccerbase did not record appearances made by McGinn against NSI Runavik on 19 July and Asteras Tripolis on 26 July and 2 August 2018.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "John Signs Contract Extension". saintmirren.net. St Mirren FC. 29 November 2012. Archived from the original on 4 December 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  2. ^ Behan, Paul (23 October 2012). "A star is born in midfielder John McGinn". Paisley Daily Express. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  3. ^ Newport, Andy (1 August 2012). "Danny's high hopes for young star McGinn". Paisley Daily Express. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Under-20 Side Win Cup". saintmirren.net. St Mirren F.C. 22 July 2012. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  5. ^ "St Mirren: Danny Lennon annoyed by capitulation to Celtic". BBC Sport. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  6. ^ "McGinn pens new St Mirren deal". Eurosport. Yahoo!. 29 November 2012. Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  7. ^ a b Murray, Keir (17 March 2013). "St Mirren 3–2 Hearts". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  8. ^ "St Mirren's John McGinn takes legal action over pole prank". BBC Sport. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  9. ^ "MCGINN JOINS HIBERNIAN". Hibernian FC. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  10. ^ a b McLauchlin, Brian (27 August 2017). "John McGinn: Hibs reject £750,000 Nottingham Forest approach for Scotland midfielder". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Scottish Cup final: Rangers 2-3 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Hibernian 3–0 Queen of the South". BBC Sport. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  13. ^ Pallatt, James (30 September 2017). "John McGinn has still NOT signed new Hibs deal... a look at the Nottingham Forest transfer target who got away". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Celtic 2-2 Hibernian: Neil Lennon lauds 'driving force' John McGinn". BBC Sport. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Rangers 1–2 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Kris Boyd, John McGinn & Celtic's Scott Brown & James Forrest up for PFA award". BBC Sport. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Celtic move for Hibernian's John McGinn with £2m bid". Sky Sports. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  18. ^ a b Brown, Anthony (8 August 2018). "John McGinn can be regarded as one of Hibs' all-time greats". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Hibernian's John McGinn in transfer talks with Aston Villa". Sky Sports. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  20. ^ "John McGinn: Aston Villa sign Hibernian midfielder". BBC Sport. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Aston Villa 3–2 Wigan Athletic". BBC Sport. 11 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  22. ^ "WATCH: John McGinn's stunning volley". Sky Sports. 22 September 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  23. ^ Hincks, Michael (4 October 2018). "Steve Bruce sacked by Aston Villa". Sky Sports. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  24. ^ "Dean Smith: Aston Villa appoint new head coach with John Terry as assistant". BBC Sport. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  25. ^ "Derby County 0-3 Aston Villa: Dean Smith's side earn 'merited' win at Pride Park". BBC Sport. 10 November 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Nottingham Forest 1-3 Aston Villa: John McGinn's double sinks Forest". BBC Sport. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  27. ^ "Scotland call-up for Saints starlet McGinn". Paisley Daily Express. Trinity Mirror. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  28. ^ "McGinn plays for Scotland". Football.co.uk. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  29. ^ "Danny's Diary – 19/04/2013". saintmirren.net. St Mirren F.C. 19 April 2013. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  30. ^ "Scotland U21 2-2 Hungary U21". BBC Sport. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  31. ^ "Scotland: John McGinn and Jason Cummings tipped to step up". BBC Sport. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  32. ^ "Scotland: Six new call-ups for Czech Republic and Denmark friendlies". BBC Sport. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  33. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (30 March 2016). "Scotland 1-0 Denmark: McGinn and Tierney shine on debuts". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  34. ^ a b "St Mirren: Paul McGinn joins two brothers in winning deal". BBC Sport. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  35. ^ "McGinn brothers prepare to do battle". Sheffield Star. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  36. ^ Grahame, Ewing (26 November 2012). "St Mirren's John McGinn continues the family dynasty". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  37. ^ a b "J. McGinn". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  38. ^ John McGinn at Soccerbase  
  39. ^ John McGinn at the Scottish Football Association

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