Niall McGinn

Niall McGinn was born in Dungannon, Ireland on 20 July 1987 (age 32). Follow @nmcginn14 on Twitter.

McGinn signed for Celtic on 1 January 2009. On 12 September 2009, McGinn made his first team debut for Celtic against Dundee United. Although the game ended in a 1–1 draw, McGinn was awarded the official Man of the Match award. On 17 September 2009, McGinn made his Europa League Groupstage debut in a 2–1 loss against Hapoel Tel Aviv. In the last Groupstage game with Celtic out, they faced Austrian side Rapid Wien to finished third place. The match ended 3–3 which Celtic finished third. During the match, McGinn started the match and provided assist for Marc-Antoine Fortuné to score the second goal in a match before coming off for Graham Carey.

On 31 October 2009, McGinn scored his first goal for Celtic coming on as a 66th-minute substitute in a 3–0 win over Kilmarnock at Celtic Park. McGinn scored his second goal for Celtic against Hamilton Academical on 26 December 2009 by driving a right footed shot into the top corner. He scored his first goal in the Scottish Cup and his third of the 2009–10 season to put Celtic 1–0 ahead against Greenock Morton on 19 January 2010. In the January transfer window, McGinn was a transfer target for Premier League side Wigan Athletic but wished to stay at Celtic. At the end of the season, McGinn suffered an injury during the end of the last training session of the season on 17 May 2010 after breaking a metatarsal bone in his right foot and out for 2 months. After recovering from his injury, McGinn says manager Neil Lennon played a big role in helping him recover from his injury.

After being on the substitute twice in the game but did not come on, McGinn scored in his first game of the 2010–11 season, a 3–2 win over St Johnstone in the Scottish League Cup on 27 October 2010 which he scored twice in the match. 3 days later on 30 October 2010, McGinn scored twice against them but this time in the league in a 3–2 win. In the next match against Aberdeen, McGinn provided assist for Gary Hooper to score his second in the match which later Hooper scored a hat-trick. That match would hold the record as the biggest ever win in the SPL, as well as being the biggest ever defeat in the history of Aberdeen. Later on the season, McGinn would play less and be on the substitute bench.

Before the start of the season rumours flowed that there was a fall-out between McGinn and Lennon with McGinn being unhappy over being left out of the pre-season tour of Australia. Lennon denied this and explained the leaving out of McGinn was due to his international commitments at the Nations Cup in May. McGinn signed a new one-year extension on his contract at the start of the 2011–12 season before moving to Brentford. After his loan move to Brentford, McGinn says moving to Brentford could be an end of his Celtic career after a phone-call conversation from Lennon.

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Daily Record · Dec 2, 2019

Derek McInnes fires Rangers challenge to Aberdeen players as he issues Niall McGinn update

The Dons boss hopes to see a better performance than what has been in the games against Rangers and Celtic already this season...

67HailHail · Oct 29, 2019

“Celtic’s biggest regret” – Premier League star’s Lennoxtown close call

Celtic missed a big chance to sign Everton full-back Seamus Coleman a decade ago according to former winger Niall McGinn.

Open Goal · Oct 28, 2019

191: Si Ferry Meets. Niall McGinn | Gaelic & Derry, Life as a Celtic Player, Aberdeen, Korea, Euro 2016

Aberdeen and Northern Ireland winger, Niall McGinn joins Si Ferry this week to discuss his career so far which has taken him from part-time football in Northern Ireland to a goal scorer for his country in one of the peak competitions in international football, Euro 2016...

Open Goal · Oct 28, 2019

Si Ferry Meets. Niall McGinn | Gaelic & Derry, Life as a Celtic Player, Aberdeen, Korea, Euro 2016

Watch “Si Ferry Meets. Niall McGinn | Gaelic & Derry, Life as a Celtic Player, Aberdeen, Korea, Euro 2016” by Open Goal.

Celtic Quick News · Oct 27, 2019

‘I Really Enjoyed That,’ Frimpong

JAUNTY Jeremie Frimpong was thrilled to score his first goal for Celtic as the champions overwhelmed Aberdeen 4-0 at Pittodrie this afternoon...

SPFL TV · Oct 19, 2019

Motherwell 0-3 Aberdeen | Cosgrove and McGinn Score as Dons find Form | Ladbrokes Premiership

Aberdeen got back to winning ways and closed the gap on Motherwell with 3 stunning finishes courtesy of Sam Cosgrove, Niall McGinn and Zak Vyner.

Caught Offside · Sep 23, 2019

Video: Former Celtic flop scores long range rocket to clinch league title

Celtic went through a phase of bringing players over from Ireland who you knew would never get a fair crack in the first team.

The Press and Journal · Apr 12, 2019

Niall McGinn hoping Aberdeen can finally banish Hampden Hoops hoodoo

Aberdeen attacking midfielder Niall McGinn is optimistic Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final will finally be the time the Dons get the better of Celtic...

SPFL TV · Apr 4, 2019

Aberdeen 3-1 Motherwell | Top 6 Hopes Over for The Well After Defeat | Ladbrokes Premiership

Two goals from Niall McGinn helped the Dons edge past the Well.

The Celtic Star · Mar 30, 2019

‘Over the moon,’ Sutton ridicules wacky Stevie G who has ‘underachieved big style’

CELTIC legend Chris Sutton has been having some fun today at Stephen Gerrard’s expense after the former Liverpool youth coach made his hilarious “Lions Den” comments at yesterday’s press conference...

Daily Record · Mar 16, 2019

Derek McInnes says Aberdeen are ‘running on empty’ after Rangers and Celtic matches

Niall McGinn’s opener was cancelled out by Craig Sibbald to leave the Dons with one home win in their last nine matches in all competitions...

Scotzine · Mar 14, 2019

Mcginn’s Cup Warning

NIALL McGINN insists it is time Aberdeen turned the tables on his old club Celtic when they meet in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on Sunday, April 14.

Celtic Quick News · Mar 14, 2019

Ex-Celt Aims to End 27 Years of Misery

FORMER Celtic forward Niall McGinn insists Aberdeen will stop the rot against his old club when they lock horns in the Scottish Cup semi-final...

Daily Record · Mar 14, 2019

Niall McGinn insists Aberdeen are ready to topple Celtic ahead of Hampden showdown

The winger netted the opener against Rangers as the Dons won 2-0 to progress to the last four of the Scottish Cup...

The Scotsman · Mar 13, 2019

Aberdeen are getting closer to Celtic, insists Niall McGinn

Having firmly established that facing Rangers in Glasgow no longer holds any fears, Niall McGinn believes Aberdeen are now ready to end their long barren run against Celtic at Hampden...

VideoCelts · Feb 27, 2019

Yet again Collum is put in charge of a critical Celtic fixture

In his previous hoops appointment, at Aberdeen on December 26, he awarded the Dons two soft penalties and felt that an over the ball attack on Christie’s shin was only worth a yellow card for Niall McGinn...

VideoCelts · Dec 27, 2018

The picture that condemns Willie Collum as not fit for purpose

Niall McGinn hasn’t got a reputation for dirty play, he’s received more than a few brutal tackles himself but yesterday he should have been sent off...

Celts Are Here · Dec 26, 2018

Watch: The Moment Shay Logan Was Rinsed by French Eddy

SHAY LOGAN was seen giving it his usual ‘big man’ gimmick in the aftermath of Niall McGinn’s shocking challenge on Ryan Christie – but when it really mattered, the defender was posted missing with some shambolic defending.

The Celtic Star · Dec 26, 2018

Hibs earn Ibrox draw as Rodgers calls out ‘diver’ McShinnie

BRENDAN RODGERS called out Aberdeen cheat Graeme McShinnie who dived to con Willie Collum into awarding a second disgraceful penalty kick of the day to Derek McInnes’ side.

The Guardian · Dec 26, 2018

Scott Sinclair hits hat-trick for Celtic while Hibs earn late draw at Rangers

Leaders run out 4-3 winners over Aberdeen in Pittodrie thriller• Darren McGregor goal denies Steven Gerrard’s side at IbroxA Scott Sinclair hat-trick helped Celtic to a 4-3 win over Aberdeen in a thrilling game at Pittodrie...

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