Top-flight player admits he emulates Celtic skipper Scott Brown
By John Reid
Hibs midfielder John McGinn is looking forward to playing alongside Celtic and Scotland captain Scott Brown and says he takes bits of his game to implement in his own.
The pair will line-up for the national side on Thursday night as Scotland take on the Netherlands at Pittodrie, in interim manger Malky Mackay’s first game in charge of the national side, as he replaces the sacked Gordon Strachan.
It’s an occasion that McGinn is looking forward to and playing with Brown is a big part of that – in fact McGinn admitted that he is such a fan of Brown that he has taken elements of his game and put them into his own.
McGinn told the Evening Times: “We are different players. Scott has been the driving force for Celtic and Scotland for a long time.
“I try to take wee bits from his game and implement it into mine but at the same I try to take bits from others too – Darren Fletcher, Callum McGregor, Stuart Armstrong.
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“I would rather play alongside him than replace him.”
Brown had previously retired from the international team but returned for the 3-0 defeat to England at Wembley last November and he has been a mainstay in the side ever since.
The Celtic and Scotland captain seems likely to prolong his international career in an attempt to qualify Scotland for Euro 2020.
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