There may be two McGinn brothers still plying their trade with St Mirren.

However, it’s the one who left Paisley in back 2015 who continues to grab all the headlines. 

Aston Villa star John has taken to the English top flight like a duck to water, not to mention his six goals in the last three international games. The former Buddie has even been linked with a shock £50m move to Man Utd.

But all that comes as no surprise to big brother Paul. Well, maybe everything except the £50m price tag.

He said: “He can’t miss can he? When you are that form he can shoot anywhere and it would probably deflect into the net whereas we have a shot and it would deflect wide. He has momentum behind him.

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"That advanced position suits him down to the ground, he is a clever footballer. People think he is this hustle and bustle player but he is very clever. He has the attributes and knows when to use his bum and when to stick that big head in. I’m not surprised he is getting among the goals.

“I never thought he was going to be valued at £50million but when he was 18-years-old at Hampden against Victor Wanyama and Scott Brown and he was brilliant then. I was waiting on the knocks on the door at that stage. He had to wait a bit longer but it’s easier when you watch him all the time. The people who were close to him always said he will get there and will get his chance. He’s certainly taken it.”

Turning attention back to the Saints, and looking ahead to today’s game against Ross County at the Simple Digital Arena, the St Mirren full-back’s motivation is simple, get all three points, get off of the bottom of the Premiership table and give the loyal fans something to cheer about.

A home victory would see St Johnstone replace Jim Goodwin’s men at the bottom of the league - at least for 24 hours with Tommy Wright’s side playing host to Aberdeen on Sunday. 

McGinn added: “I suppose everyone has their own motivation. Ross County will see they can stretch the gap with us so there’s motivation across the board.

"A big crowd does make a big difference. By all accounts hospitality is sold out so we will definitely be up for it.

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“They were brilliant with us last year and knew we were up against it a bit. They got behind us and it was ideal. Fingers crossed they can do that again but hopefully they won’t need to.

"Hopefully they don’t need to dig in with us and can just come and enjoy it. The performances have been there but we can’t keep saying the same thing. Until we get results then we need them to stick with us.”

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