Scotland have talent to succeed – McGinn

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Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn feels Scotland have an excellent pool of players but lack confidence on the biggest stage.

Northern Ireland’s Niall McGinn feels Scotland have an excellent pool of players but lack confidence on the biggest stage.

McGinn, who has won 54 caps for Northern Ireland, knows all about the Scottish game, having plied his trade at Celtic for three years and with Aberdeen for seven seasons across two spells.

The winger’s second stint with the Dons began in January 2018 and his 19 league appearances this term were enough to earn selection for Michael O’Neill’s side in the recent international break.

He scored in the 2-0 Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia which sees the Green and White Army top of Group C with maximum points after two games.

Conversely, Scotland lost 3-0 in Kazakhstan and could only manage a 2-0 away win over San Marino, the world’s lowest-ranked team.

However, McGinn does not feel it is all doom and gloom for the Scots as they have the personnel to compete.

‘The squad of players Scotland can choose from is probably unbelievable,’ he said.

‘Players playing at a high level, great quality, it’s just maybe getting that consistency and breeding that confidence throughout the squad.’

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