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Scotland U21s v Hungary U21s: McGinn raring to go

Tonight's friendly at Tannadice cannot come quickly enough for John McGinn.

The St Mirren midfielder has been handed his first U21 call-up from manager Billy Stark and is eager to showcase his skills away from the pressure of scrapping for points near the foot of the SPFL Premiership table.

The 19-year-old knows this final warm-up game before facing the Netherlands in May to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2015 European Championship finals will be somewhat less intense than some of the domestic challenges he's been used to this season. "It is much more relaxed," said McGinn. "There are still the same requirements to win but when you are battling at the wrong end of the table it is not nice. We know we need to push up the table and we have the players to do precisely that.

McGinn, whose call-up means he follows in his older brother Stephen's footsteps, added: "Stephen [who scored in his U21 debut in a 5-2 win against Albania in 2009] has told me to make the most of the experience of meeting new people and going to different countries. I just want to impress Billy, get some game-time on Wednesday and to try and keep myself in squads for the future. I just want to play the way I do at club level."

To that end he is grateful for the support he has had from his manager, Danny Lennon. "He has been brilliant. Even when I have had bad games, he has stuck by me because he knows what I can do. All the players are behind him."

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