McGinn thrilled with treble

Aberdeen's Niall McGinn celebrates scoring against Dundee, on Saturday.
Aberdeen's Niall McGinn celebrates scoring against Dundee, on Saturday.

FORMER Derry City winger Niall McGinn continued his fantastic goalscoring form with Aberdeen, on Saturday.

The 25-year-old certainly ended the year in tremendous fashion when he netted his first senior hat-trick in the Dons’ comfortable 3-1 win at bottom club Dundee.

“I’m really enjoying my football this season and it was great to end the year with my first ever hat-trick,” stated McGinn.

“I’m playing with a smile on my face again and I feel as a team we are all working hard and enjoying our football.”

This season the Northern Ireland international has moved into a centre-forward position but he admits the one time speedy winger hasn’t had to change his game too much.

“I spoke to the manager (Craig Brown) and really liked what he was saying and his plans for the future and it’s so far so good, we are doing well and the crowds are starting to come back, which is pleasing.

“I knew when Aberdeen came in for me that it was a great opportunity for me to get my career back on track. Aberdeen is a massive club with a big tradition and with me knowing all about the SPL having played with Celtic, I felt it was the right move for me.

“I haven’t really adjusted my game too much, the manager decided to play me through the middle and for me to try and use my pace and get in behind defenders, that has happened and thankfully for me I have managed to score a few goals.

“The manager also brought in Jocky Scott who has worked with myself and all the other strikers about making certain runs and shooting and that work behind the scenes has helped us.

“But the whole team is doing well, we have quality players and I know when Jonny Hayes gets the ball that I need to get myself in the box.”

In October, the ex-Celtic man scored his first international goal when he famously out-shone Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo who was winning his 100th cap for Portugal, scoring during Northern Ireland’s battling 1-1 draw in Dragao Stadium, in Porto.

However McGinn like everyone is desperate for boss Michael O’Neill to finally get his first victory and he hopes that comes sooner rather than later.

“I was delighted to have got my first international goal but we all really want to win for Michael,” he added.

“Michael has got us playing really well and I think we have been very unlucky in some games not to have got the win, but hopefully in 2013 if we keep playing the same way and continue to work hard, then that win will come.”

McGinn, who concedes he can’t wait for a bit of sun shine during the forthcoming winter break, has helped himself to 14 goals this campaign and he hopes his outstanding form can continue in 2013.

“I have scored 14 already this season, I have to admit that I have got to my target earlier than I expected but hopefully there is more to come.

“We finish on Wednesday for 17 days as part of the Winter break in the SPL and the manager has given us 12 days off, so hopefully I’ll see a bit of sun during that time off.”