Scotland calls for Aberdeen’s Andrew Considine and Hibernian’s Paul McGinn

Paul McGinn and Andrew Considine in 2015
Paul McGinn, then with Dundee, and Andrew Considine in 2015

Hibernian have extended Paul McGinn’s contract by a year after he and Aberdeen’s Andrew Considine earned their first Scotland call-ups.

The defenders are added to the Nations League squad to host Slovakia on Sunday and Czech Republic on Wednesday.

They bolster the squad that edged past Israel on penalties on Thursday to secure a Euro 2020 play-off final away to Serbia next month.

McGinn’s new deal at Easter Road takes him to summer 2022.

The 29-year-old, the older brother of Scotland and Aston Villa midfielder John, has played 17 times for Hibs since ending his second spell with Scottish Premiership rivals St Mirren in January.

Hibs head coach Jack Ross told the club’s official website: “He’s a manager’s dream and has been since I first worked with him all those years ago at Dumbarton. The type of player who is a good team-mate, first and foremost and gives you everything he has on a weekly basis.

“Paul has played a big part in our strong start to the season and he’s the first to say how much he enjoys it here.”

Considine wins his first call-up at the age of 33 having played more than 500 games for the Dons – his only club – and having been a regular starter for his club this season.

Scotland head coach Steve Clarke was deprived of six players for Thursday’s match because of Covid-19 and injury. His side are top of Nations League Group B4, having drawn 1-1 at home to Israel last month before beating the Czechs 2-1 in Prague.

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