HIBS have hilariously challenged Aston Villa for “custody of John McGinn” ahead of the midfielder’s stunning home game at Easter Road next week.
TheThe midfielder will return to his old club for the first time since leaving in 2018 after Lee Johnson’s side secured their place in the Conference League play-offs.
Hibs struggled against Luzern and secured a 2-2 draw awayafter their great 3:1 in Leith last week.
Elie Youan and Martin Boyle scored in the Swissporarenathe deal that confirms their battle of Clash with Aston Villa in the round.
It’s sure to be an emotional evening for McGinn when he returnsBut there’s still a lot at stake next week with the European group stage on the game.
And Hibs has joked that the two games will decide the midfielder’s decisionHe said the winner will finally win him.
The association published a graphic onshows a Ladder match pitting both clubs against each other to win the grand prize – McGinn’s signature.
Meanwhile, Hibs boss Johnson is taking matters more seriously and has announced a “Bring on Villa” message ahead of the game.
He said: “Any team that comes to Easter Road should be under pressure – and it will be no different at Aston Villa.”
“Tonight will definitely stand as one of the best European nights in Hibs’ history.”.
“This club has a rich history. But in the last 15-20 years, I’m not sure there’s been more because of the standard and the quality of the team we’ve just put together.
“Any Hibs fan should be really proud of the boys tonight.
“I’m used to playing against Aston Villa. I played them inand their budget has to be £150m, but we have to the same spirit that we showed in those two games.
“The boys were absolute Trojans on both legs.
“Make no mistake – Luzern are a top team but when we failed on both legs we looked really good.
“It’s not good for hearts when it’s 2-1 and I want to thank Martin Boyle for keeping me alive with that goal!”
“It was really important. We were supported by over 1000 fans who traveled with us – I am very happy for the board with all thisthey put in.
“It’s fantastic for the club. I don’t know how long it’s been since Hibs got this far– but we have to try to try again and get into the group stage.
“I think we showed our courage, determination and ability to be realto the counterattack. That got us the draw.
“What we have also banished are all question marks about our character. We have character.”
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