St Mirren star Jamie McGrath earns first home start for Ireland and ex-Buddie Paul McGinn makes Scotland debut


St Mirren playmaker Jamie McGrath’s international career continues to blossom after he made his first start for his country on their home turf.

The talented 24-year-old helped struggling Ireland seal a 1-1 draw in their World Cup qualifier with Serbia last night at the Aviva Stadium, with the hosts bagging a late equaliser through Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s deflected own goal.

The match saw Saints star McGrath pick up his third cap, having also started against a star-studded Portugal side last week.

The midfielder was the subject of a dramatic failed late bid from Scottish Premiership rivals Hibs at the end of the transfer window, with the County Meath man now returning to Paisley ahead of their league clash with Dundee United on Saturday.



Paul McGinn training ahead of Scotland’s 1-0 win over Austria

Elsewhere on international duty former Buddie Paul McGinn earned a surprise debut for Scotland in their impressive 1-0 win over Austria.

The ex-Saints defender was drafted in as defensive cover ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier, with the 30-year-old coming on as a late substitute for the injured Stephen O’Donnell at right wing back.

He helped Steve Clarke’s side hold on to their clean sheet, putting them in the driving seat for the runner-up spot and a World Cup play-off place in Group F.

It was a special night for the McGinn family as he joined his brother John on the pitch for the closing stages of the match.





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