By Bill Heaney

West Dunbartonshire will raring up to cheer on local boy John McGinn in the Scottish team to meet Israel at Hampden Park soon.

His brother, Paul, who came on as a substitute in the last game has disappointingly been left out of the squad by manager Steve Clarke.

John McGinn , who plays for Aston Villa, has starred in every match he has played for the national team so far. Paul plays for Hibernian.

But Paul – both players are grandsons of Dumbarton man, Jack McGinn, who was chairman of Celtic in their 1988 centenary year, only had 15 minutes on the park in the last match to stake a claim as one of the first choice players for today.

The footballing McGinns who have a big West Dunbartonshire connection – Paul, John and Jack.

Nathan Patterson has been given the nod to start in defence as Scotland prepare to face Israel at Hampden.

Steve Clarke has named his side for the World Cup qualifier, where a win for the national team is crucial to hopes of reaching the play-offs for a place at Qatar 2022.

Craig Gordon starts in goal, with Andy Robertson at left wing-back and Patterson on the right flank.

In Grant Hanley’s absence, Scott McTominay, who has family connections in Hewlensburgh, is in a three-man central defence alongside Kieran Tierney and Jack Hendry.

Callum McGregor, Billy Gilmour and John McGinn make up the central midfield group, while Lyndon Dykes and Che Adams continue their partnership in attack.


Ready to roar: Dumbarton man Alan Hubner hoists a pre-match pint …. Come on Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿… with  Iain Gordon and Martin Greenhorn at Queens Park Cafe.

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