Aston Villa star discusses Celtic love; shares his favourite ever Bhoys kit

By Euan Davidson

January 5, 2022

Aston Villa star John McGinn is one of those great Celtic what-ifs; his Grandad was a chairman, and he very nearly signed for the club before Villa came calling.

And now he’s told of his love for the Hoops, his favourite player growing up, and what Celtic kit he reckons is the best, in an interview with BT Sport.

Just like Andy Robertson before him, McGinn’s pick for his favourite Celtic star was absolutely no surprise. For Hoops fans of a particular generation, there’s no choice but Henrik Larsson, the King of Kings.

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Of Larsson, John McGinn said [BT Sport]: “[Favourite player?] Henrik Larsson. [Growing up, I tried to recreate] his chip against Stefan Klos in the Old Firm game, where Celtic won 6-2.”

And on kits? McGinn said: “I’d have to say, [my favourite is] the black and gold away kit [with] number 7 on it. I didn’t have the bumblebee [kit] but I do remember it.”

He then went on to explain why his nickname is Meatball, and said his favourite Premier League player was himself. Pushed for a better answer, he said it was £100m man Jack Grealish, who moved from Villa to Manchester City in the summer of 2021 [Sky Sports].

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Celtic supporter John McGinn; a man of culture, a man of taste

Given the cultural cachet of 90s kits, the bumblebee kit might’ve been the cool answer to give. To be fair, it’s many people’s favourite Celtic kit. But the Black and Gold effort from 2003-4 is an absolute belter, too.

It’s a colour scheme that Celtic could really look at bringing back for 22-23, although we can’t argue too much with what Adidas have offered us since last season.

As for the Larsson stuff, well; he was a legend. Whether you ended up a Premier League star, or someone who writes about Premier League stars, it’s likely you were trying to replicate Henrik Larsson in some way. Whether it was the tongue-out celebration, his idiosyncratic penalties or, yes, that chip over Stefan Klos in 2000.

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In terms of John McGinn, and indeed Andy Robertson, Celtic could build a formidable side of supporters who slipped the net and signed for other teams. Scotland favourites, both, Robertson was in the Celtic Academy, while McGinn had family ties to the Bhoys.

We won’t moan about it though, the time where Celtic could’ve signed the Tartan Army poster boy John McGinn has long passed. It’s still fun to listen to him talk about the club he loves.

And, indeed, listening to him bring another classic Celtic jersey into the conversation.

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