John McGinn: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever completed an overhead kick’

The Scotland midfielder scored an acrobatic equaliser against Austria.

John McGinn: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever completed an overhead kick’ SNS Group

Scotland midfielder John McGinn scored a stunning equaliser against Austria at Hampden – and then joked that he hadn’t even attempted a similar shot since he was young.

Austria were leading 2-1 in the World Cup qualifier at Hampden on Thursday with just minutes to go when McGinn had a half-chance as Ryan Christie headed the ball into the box. The midfielder found an acrobatic finish to put an overhead kick past Austria goalkeeper Alexander Schlager.

“I don’t think I’ve ever completed an overhead kick,” McGinn said. “Maybe on the trampoline when I was younger.

“I’m just delighted at the way it went in. It’s been a long time since I’ve scored for club or country so I’m delighted.

“The manager stuck me further forward and I managed to get an important goal for us.”

Scotland had to come from behind twice to claim a point from the opening World Cup qualifier, sharing the spoils with the second seeds in the group before games against Israel and Faroe Islands in the next week.

McGinn felt Scotland had deserved to take something for their efforts.

“I think over the piece a draw was probably a fair result,” he said. “They’re a good side and I think we have positives to take from it.”