John McGinn turned down moves to England and the US when he signed for Hibs in 2015 and there’s no doubt it was the right decision by the 22-year-old midfielder.
The former St Mirren star would go on to make history as part of the Hibees’ Scottish Cup-winning side, ending their 114-year wait for the trophy in 2016.
McGinn also helped propel his side to the League Cup Final with a winner against St Johnstone, and despite playing at Championship level – his form earned him a first ever call-up to Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad for a friendly against Denmark.
His tenacity and work-rate quickly helped cement his place as a fans’ favourite at Easter Road in his first season at the club.
And this was widely recognised as he was nominated for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award along with team-mate Jason Cummings.
McGinn has continued to play an integral part under Neil Lennon, but missed out the last month of the year after undergoing ankle surgery.
But there’s no doubt there’s a lot more to come from him as Lennon’s men bid for promotion again this season.
[youtube id=”mBA8lFC_AGo” align=”center” maxwidth=”680″]
What They Said
“Gets in purely because of the impact he’s been able to make while playing for Hibs in the Championship. Now a Scotland international and Cup winner with a very realistic chance of making it back to the Premiership in May. Impressive for a second-tier player.”
– talkingbaws.com‘s Jonny Boyle.
“‘Meatbaw’ is the undisputed fan favourite at Hibs, who have been as good for him as he has been for them. He’s progressed at a club that’s under real pressure to grind out results week in, week out and he’s the type to take responsibility on the pitch. McGinn won’t be at Easter Road for long, which even the Hibee diehards would grudgingly accept, but if he plays his part in promotion then he’ll have done his bit – on the back of winning THAT cup.”
– The Scottish Sun’s Kenny Millar.