Scotland star John McGinn on Celtic and Rangers success

By Connor Gordon

November 18, 2019

Scotland’s weekend goalscorer John McGinn has praised Celtic and Rangers and they way they influence the perception of Scottish football.

The former Hibs man admits the Scottish league’s opinion is still low to his English teammates. However, it doesn’t stop the midfielder raving about the Glasgow’s successes in Europe.

If things went a little differently, then McGinn very well could have been part of that glory.

John McGinn speaks Celtic and Rangers happiness

The 25-year-old is fresh from a weekend winning goal for Scotland in Cyrprus. The Scots can’t qualify from the groups and experienced a lot of call-offs.

John McGinn in action for Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McGinn, however, said he’d be on crutches before he walks away from the national team. Part of this is down to the joy he is getting from Celtic and Rangers’ results recently in Europe.

He told the Scotsman: “Too many times, I’ve gone down the road off the back of a poor result.

“We know we have the ability here and the players in the squad to change that.

John McGinn is loving Celtic and Rangers wins in the Europa League. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“English people’s view of Scottish football is something I don’t think we’ll change but results like Celtic and Rangers had in Europe a couple of Thursdays ago help at Friday morning training an awful lot.”

McGinn could have been part of the joy had his last summer move to the Hoops not fell through.

Would Scotland star have made Hoops first team?

It’s often a topic of debate whether McGinn would have been a starter for Celtic.

At the time, there were others such as Olivier Ntcham and Callum McGregor who wouldn’t have been displaced by McGinn.

John McGinn’s loss was Ryan Christie’s gain at Celtic. (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, Ntcham dropped out the side and McGinn would have went in. That said, the emergence of Ryan Christie and what he’s provided to the team would probably not have happened.

The debate is a tough one in hindsight due to where McGinn is now for club and country. Taking how Celtic play, having Christie over McGinn is the more natural selection for the team.