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No hesitation playing another year in Championship – McGinn

By April 28, 2016No Comments

By Craig Turnbull

John McGinn insists he wouldn’t hesitate about playing another year in the Championship if Hibernian miss out on promotion.

McGinn dropped down a level to join Hibs in the second tier despite offers from other Premiership clubs after leaving St Mirren last summer.

The Leith outfit are targeting a return to the top flight through the play-offs but the 21-year-old says if it doesn’t happen for Hibs this season then another year in the Championship won’t be a problem.

“It’s a privilege to be at the club the size of Hibs,” he said.

“I had offers from Premiership clubs but I just felt I’d be involved in such high pressure games and feel that’s been justified.

“If it means taking a gamble like I did last year then I’m willing to take it.

“I’ve got three years left at Hibs so unless someone tells me otherwise I’ll be a Hibs player.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my season even being in the Championship so I’d have no hesitation playing another season there.”

Hibs host Queen of the South at the weekend, knowing that they need to better a Falkirk victory against Morton by at least three goals to finish second to avoid a six-game run with fourth-placed Raith Rovers to play first.

McGinn admits the Bairns can only throw it away.

“It’s all in their hands, if they manage to do the business and get three points, then they will fully deserve to get second place,” he said.

“It’s not through luck or anything like that, we’ve let ourselves down over the course of March and April to be in this position.

“If it takes six games or takes four to get promoted, then we’re willing to do whatever it takes.”

It’s been an impressive season for McGinn who has been nominated for both the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award and the Championship Player of the Year award.

But in all his success this season, such as reaching Cup finals and performing well, there is one moment that is a particular highlight.

“I don’t think anything will beat playing for my country at 21 years of age,” he said.

“To go and put on that blue jersey was an incredible feeling and it’s made me hungry to get even more caps. Hopefully if I keep playing with my club then that could happen.”