Promising midfielder John McGinn joined Hibernian for an undisclosed fee from St Mirren in July 2015, agreeing a four year contract in the process. McGinn gave a man-of-the-match performance on his full international debut at Hampden Park against Denmark.
National team Scotland
International debut 31st March 2016 (versus Denmark)
McGinn went on to play 136 times for the Hibees, scoring 18 goals. He will have a place in club folklore after playing a starring role in the historic Scottish Cup winning squad of 2016, and also contributed to the club’s promotion in 2017 and successful return to the Ladbrokes Premiership and UEFA Europa League.
Starting his career as a graduate of the St Mirren academy, McGinn broke into the Paisley club's first team in the pre-season of 2012/2013. In October 2012, he made his competitive debut against the SPL champions Celtic, coming on as a 78th minute substitute in a 5-0 home defeat.
In his debut season at Hibernian during 2015/16, the promising midfielder put in a string of strong and dynamic performances in midfield, often being the stand-out performer. He scored his first Hibernian goal against Alloa Athletic, before scoring an impressive long-range strike against Raith Rovers a few weeks later.
Also during this season, with Hibernian competing in the Ladbrokes Championship, McGinn scored a memorable winning goal at Tynecastle against St Johnstone in the League Cup with a drive from 25-yards out.
His senior Scotland call up arrived at the tail end of his first season at Hibernian and off the back of this impressive run of form for the club. As such, on 30th March 2016, McGinn started a Scotland friendly match against Denmark, playing for the whole duration of a 1–0 win. With an assured and industrious performance in the middle of the park, McGinn earned himself the man-of-the-match award at Hampden Park on his senior Scotland debut.
John McGinn making his Scotland debut at Hampden Park in March 2016
McGinn told BBC Scotland post match, "First and foremost I was delighted to get the opportunity to play. It was rather unexpected but once I found out on Tuesday morning, I was focused on doing a job for the team and I'm delighted with how it went."
Prior to his first senior call up, McGinn had also experienced captaining both the Scotland under-19 and under-21 sides.
As every Hibernian supporter knows, McGinn was part of the Hibernian side that won the Scottish Cup later that year. The team secured a 3-2 win against Rangers, bringing the Cup back to Easter Road for the first time in 114 years. McGinn also won the 2013 Scottish League Cup during his time at St Mirren, contributing greatly in the final to defeat Heart of Midlothian 3-2 at Hampden Park.
McGinn's talismanic performances continued in the 2016/17 season as Hibernian secured promotion from the Ladbrokes Championship and a return to the top flight of Scottish football. He also contributed a further five goals during this season - including a 40-yard effort against Ayr United at Somerset Park and a brilliant individual goal on his return from injury against Dundee United. So with another impressive season under his belt, John continued to gain international recognition, and played another two times for Scotland.
During season 2017/18, McGinn was an influential presence in the Hibernian midfield as Neil Lennon's side finished fourth on their return to the Ladbrokes Premiership, amassing a record points haul in the process.
On Wednesday 8th August 2018, McGinn completed a move to Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee, following interest from clubs both north and south of the border.
Hibernian Head Coach Neil Lennon said, “He goes with everyone’s best wishes – he’s been absolutely superb on and off the pitch. He’s a joy to work with and I’ve really enjoyed watching him play.
“Hibs have been very good for him, and John has been very good for Hibs, and we wish him all the best.”
Full name John McGinn
Date of birth 18th October 1994
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5ft 10in