John McGinn withdraws from Scotland squad ahead of Albania clash

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn has withdrawn from Scotland’s squad ahead of Saturday’s Nations League clash against Albania.

The 25-year-old becomes the seventh player to pull out following Stephen O’Donnell, Charlie Mulgrew and Kevin McDonald on Saturday, Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon on Sunday, Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack on Tuesday and Michael Devlin on Wednesday.

Scotland’s visit to Albania on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Football, is followed by a home match against Israel on Tuesday as Alex McLeish’s side look to earn promotion from League C Group 1.

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Israel currently top the three-team group on six points after three games, while Scotland sit in second on three points with a game in hand. Albania also have three points.

Former Scotland striker Kris Boyd says the national team has gone backwards since McLeish took charge, but midfielder Stuart Armstrong says the manager has the backing of all the players, despite their recent run of poor results.

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