Hibs ace McGinn sees positives for young Scotland side going forward

John McGinn in action against Holland.

John McGinn was taking the positives from Scotland’s friendly defeat to the Netherlands.

The Dark Blues went down 1-0 to Holland at Pittodrie, with Memphis Depay scoring the only goal.

The Scots played well for large spells and created a number of promising openings, particularly in the second half.

But they were unable to take any of them and were punished by Depay’s goal on the counter-attack shortly before half-time.

Hibs midfielder McGinn was disappointed to lose a game in which the team performed so well.

But he was taking the positives from a display in which a number of players tasted international football for the first time.

The SFA’s performance director Malky Mackay was in interim charge with a permanent replacement for Gordon Strachan still to be found.

Mackay chose an experimental line-up for the encounter.

Aberdeen’s Ryan Christie, Celtic’s Callum McGregor, Ryan Jack of Rangers and Nottingham Forest’s Jason Cummings all made their bows at international level.

And the Dons’ Kenny McLean and former Red Ryan Fraser won their second caps. McGinn was winning just his fifth cap as the next generation of Scots were given an opportunity to impress.

And he feels they did and said: “Everyone played their part.

“I know we could’ve done better in front of goal but I think it was a really positive performance and one everyone can be proud of.

“Over the piece we had a lot of good chances in the game.

“We knew how difficult it would be against such a top team, the Netherlands.

“We had to be focused. For a lot of us, it was our first international game in a while so we had to be switched on and we created a lot of good chances.

“It’s just frustrating we didn’t take one of those and over the piece we can be quite happy but disappointed not to get a result.”

McGinn also felt the squad, which contained plenty of new faces, bonded together well over the week building up to the Dutch encounter.

He added: “Over the course of the week we all got to know each other and we know each other domestically and from meeting up before personally.”

A sign of the youthful nature of the line-up was that Celtic’s Kieran Tierney captained the team aged just 20.

He becomes the youngest player to skipper the Scots since Darren Fletcher – who was also 20 but a few months younger than Tierney – led the Dark Blues in a friendly against Estonia in May 2004.

McGinn praised the young Celt.

He said: “Kieran Tierney led by example. He is only 20 but he was beckoning us forward.”

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