CLYDEBANK'S John McGinn has been named as the Championship player of the year.

It has been a season to remember for the Hibs midfielder as he played a key role in the Hibees side which won the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1902, beating Rangers 3-2 in a thrilling final.

The 21-year-old also earned his first international cap, being named man of the match in Scotland's 1-0 win over Denmark at Hampden in March.

While there has been rumours that McGinn may be on the move, he pledged his commitment to the Easter Road side despite manager Alan Stubbs' departing for Rotherham.

He said: “It’s been unbelievable here. The club has transformed my career and taken it to another level.

“It was really disappointing that we didn’t get promoted, but it’s a happy club to be at.

“I’m very happy here. We’ve got a great squad. It’s disappointing that the manager’s left but that’s football. I’m sure I’ll have just as good a relationship with the new manager.

“I do feel like I’ve got unfinished business here. We had a squad that we all felt was capable of competing in the Premiership. That’s all well and good – but we didn’t do it. So we’ve got a determination to go and prove ourselves in the league, show that we’re a Premiership club. I would want to be part of that.

“Before the cup final, we were told that we’d always be remembered for winning that trophy – but we wouldn’t be remembered the same if we failed in the Championship next year. So I’m keen to enjoy more days like the cup parade. More success. That will come if we win the Championship.”

“It goes without saying that losing the gaffer is a set-back. The board were desperate to keep him.

“That’s because he transformed the club. I think it was on a massive downer when he arrived. It was disappointing to see the gaffer and John leave because they were amazing for me personally and for the team.

“I always look back to the first time I met him. It was me, my mum and my dad, and he said to me, ‘I guarantee I’ll make you a better player’ and I think he’s done that."