Hibs challenge Aston Villa for the ‘custody of John McGinn’ ahead of stunning Easter Road return

HIBS have hilariously challenged Aston Villa for “custody of John McGinn” ahead of the midfielder’s stunning home game at Easter Road next week.

The Scotland The 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.

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John McGinn will return to Easter Road next week


John McGinn will return to Easter Road next weekCredit: Alamy

Hibs struggled against Luzern and secured a 2-2 draw away Switzerland after their great 3:1 win in Leith last week.

Elie Youan and Martin Boyle scored in the Swissporarena seal the deal that confirms their battle of Great Britain Clash with Aston Villa in the next round.

It’s sure to be an emotional evening for McGinn when he returns Edinburgh But there’s still a lot at stake next week with the European group stage football on the game.

And Hibs has joked that the two games will decide the midfielder’s decision FutureHe said the winner will finally win him.

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The association published a graphic on social media shows a WWE 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.” Story.

“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 in championship and their budget has to be £150m, but we have to show 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 this work they put in.

“It’s fantastic for the club. I don’t know how long it’s been since Hibs got this far Competition – 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 real dangerous to the counterattack. That got us the draw.

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“What we have also banished are all question marks about our character. We have character.”

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