By Craig Turnbull
Darren Jackson believes John McGinn has all the attributes needed to play for a top club in England and be a huge asset for Scotland after he put in a man-of-the-match display for the national team on his debut.
McGinn, 21, was a stand-out man in Scotland’s 1-0 friendly win over Denmark, reinforcing Jackson’s belief that he’s ready to make the step up at international level and help the Scots in their quest to qualify for their first major tournament in 20 years.
And the former Scotland and Hibernian star has been hugely impressed with the midfielder, who reminds him of captain Scott Brown.
“I’ve watched McGinn a lot at Hibs this season and it looks as though nothing flusters him,” Jackson told PLZ Soccer.
“He just goes on that pitch and gives everything. He reminds me of Scott Brown because I know what Brown is like in training.
“He trains the way he plays and McGinn is the exact same. I’m sure McGinn will have learned a lot from Brown last night.
“Added to what he has already I think he can go all the way.
“I’ve always been a fan of him since he was at St Mirren.
“He’s got that desire like Andy Robertson, whom I worked with at Dundee United, he’s got the right attitude and gives his all every single day in training.
“I thought he was brilliant against Denmark.
“He handled himself well, didn’t look nervous, drove on with the ball, made good passes and defensively he was very good.
“I think it was an incredibly accomplished performance from a young boy making his debut.
“He could play for a big club in England in the future, he’s got that in him there’s no doubt about it and I think he can be a huge asset to Scotland.”