Craig Cathcart hopes Niall McGinn can continue his hot goal scoring streak with Northern Ireland

FOCUSED: Northern Ireland defender Craig Cathcart
FOCUSED: Northern Ireland defender Craig Cathcart

CRAIG Cathcart hopes international teammate Niall McGinn can continue his purple patch in front of goal to help ignite Northern Ireland’s World Cup ambitions.

McGinn has backed up his heroics in Portugal with an imperious goal scoring streak for Aberdeen in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League.

The former Celtic winger has found the target in each of his last SEVEN club games with the Dons.

The emphatic spell showcases what confidence can do to a player, and Northern Ireland compatriot Cathcart hopes the prolific spell continues on Wednesday night.

“Niall is scoring for fun at the minute,” the Blackpool defender said.

“He did well in the Portugal match, took his goal really well with the only chance he really had. He’ll be looking to carry on his good form on Wednesday and get on the scoresheet again.

“It didn’t really happen for him at Celtic and he’s done the right thing. He has gone away to play games and he’s coming back stronger for it.

“He’s shown that for Aberdeen, scoring goals, and for Northern Ireland as well.”