Scotland midfielder John McGinn feels wearing the armband is becoming more natural after admitting the captain's role was initially "alien".The 28-year-old is set to lead out his country against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday when he wins his 50th cap.The former St Mirren and Hibernian player skippered Steve Clarke’s side to victory against Ukraine on Wednesday as he again deputised for the injured Andy Robertson.McGinn was made club captain of Aston Villa in the summer but there have been some challenges with Steven Gerrard’s side enduring a slow start to the campaign before picking up with a draw against Manchester City and win over Southampton.Gerrard claimed recently that McGinn had been "trying too hard" but the former Rangers manager expected that after handing him the captaincy.We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity.
Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage PreferencesWhen asked about his leadership roles, McGinn said: "I’m certainly more comfortable and enjoying the responsibility a lot more."I know I’m only standing in for Robbo when he is suspended or injured but doing it at club level and then doing it here, it’s starting to become a little bit more natural."It was alien at the start but both gaffers have got belief in me doing that role."I am thoroughly enjoying it and it certainly makes it a little bit extra special when you captain your country."McGinn certainly led by example and took responsibility on Wednesday when his goal gave Scotland a well-deserved breakthrough 20 minutes from time as they went top of Nations League Group B1.His 14thRead more on rte.ie