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Steve Clarke hopes to see John McGinn reach 100-cap mark for Scotland



Scotland v Ukraine – UEFA Nations League – Group 1 – Hampden Park

Steve Clarke has expressed his hope that vice-captain John McGinn can kick off and become a Scottish centurion as the “bubbly” Aston Villa midfielder prepares to win his 50th cap this weekend.

The 27-year-old is set to lead the side again in the absence of injured Andy Robertson in Saturday’s Nations League game at home to the Republic of Ireland.

Manager Clarke is a big fan of the former St Mirren and Hibernian player, who has scored 14 goals for Scotland since his debut against Denmark in March 2016.

John McGinn celebrates after scoring against Ukraine (Steve Welsh/PA)

“You just have to look at his contributions, his goalscoring record, his assists,” Clarke said. “He can play in different positions in midfield and he brings his own bubbly and bright personality to the group.