By Graham Hill
JOHN McGinn described his Scotland experience as ‘horrible’ – despite being in the best form of his career with Villa.
The midfielder has been an inspiration form for Dean Smith’s side in recent weeks.
But his international break with Scotland was one to forget.
A 3-0 defeat by Kazakhstan followed by victory over minnows San Marino meant McGinn and his team-mates endured an embarrassing break from club football.
But McGinn showed he was back to his best for Villa with a typically inventive and hard working display against Blackburn.
McGinn was brutally honest about his Scotland experience.
He told reporters: “It was horrible. I’m a proud Scotsman and I want the national team to do well.
“It wasn’t the best two results.
“But hopefully when we play again in June, we can pick up and start showing the potential we really do have in that squad.”
Ironically, the internartionals came with McGinn admitting he is playing some of the best football of his career at Villa Park.
He added: “It’s up there. I’m really enjoying my football. I’m playing with a smile on my face.
“You’re probably right. I’m playing the best football of my career and hopefully I can keep on improving.
“I’m playing in a different advanced role this season. I’ve never played as high up as this before. I’m enjoying it. There is still a lot of improvement left in me.
“I was tired. The more tired I get, the more I tuck my neck in! You will notice that over time.
“It’s just the way I am, the way I’ve been brought up. I’m hungry and determined to win and be successful and there’s no better place to do that than here. I’m just enjoying my football and hopefully it can continue.”