Scotland got back to winning ways on Sunday, thrashing minnows San Marino 6-0 at Hampden Park.
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It was a routine evening for Steve Clarke’s side, who never really had to get out of second gear against the lowest ranked country in the world.
You can never read too much into games like these, but one thing that will have pleased Clarke was the performance of midfielder John McGinn.
The 24-year-old has made a brilliant start to life in the Premier League with Aston Villa, netting three times and creating one assist already after just eight matches (via Transfermarkt).
He certainly took his club form to the international stage and was superb on the evening against San Marino, scoring his first career hat-trick.
All of his goals were in the first half of the match, which meant that he became the first player to score a first-half treble for Scotland since Lawrie Reilly back in 1952.
McGinn’s excellent form for both club and country are earning him plenty of plaudits, and he has even been linked with a move to Manchester United.
It would be fair to say that the Aston Villa faithful were not surprised at McGinn’s performance for Scotland given how well he has been doing for them. There was plenty of love for him after the game, and here is how some Villa fans reacted to his hat-trick on Twitter…
I absolutely LOVE THIS GUY @jmcginn7 He is a ⭐️
— Anita (@villa_anitab) October 13, 2019
What a man well done John hope you do it again for us Saturday
— Paul Darby (@PaulDar59616002) October 13, 2019
— steven deakin (@deakinkoz) October 13, 2019
Am I supposed to be surprised 🐐🐐🐐
— Callum Nisbett (@nisbett_callum) October 13, 2019
— Carl Naylor (@carln84) October 13, 2019
Is it too early to give him another new contract? 😂
— James Eggison 0️⃣0️⃣7️⃣ (@jameseggison) October 13, 2019
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