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Northern Ireland international Niall McGinn insists that he is on a whole new high after great season at Aberdeen

By Graham Luney

Niall McGinn says he's playing football with a smile on his face for club and country and he intends to enjoy the good times.

The 27-year-old winger has been in sparkling form for Aberdeen this season as The Dons fought to stay in touch with Celtic in the Scottish Premier League title race.

On the international stage, McGinn and his Northern Ireland team-mates are on course to feature in the Euro 2016 finals in France next summer.

"It's been a similar story with both teams," McGinn said.

"Scoring goals and winning games on a consistent basis is always the hardest thing to do in football, and it's been the fact that we've been able to do that with both teams which has got people going.

"With both Aberdeen and Northern Ireland, the fans have been able to get on board because they see that something positive is happening and that they have a team they can be proud of.

"And, as players, we're all loving it. Personally, I'm just trying to make the most of this period because I know this can be a crazy game and that things can turn very fast."

Michael O'Neill's men sit second in Euro 2016 qualifying Group F, a point behind Romania, who are scheduled to visit Windsor Park on June 13.

"Ever since Michael has come in as manager, the training has always been good and he's been very positive in his approach," said McGinn.

"But the most important thing has been getting a buzz about the dressing room again and, really, that only comes with results.

"Those didn't come for us in the last campaign even though there were quite a lot of positive performances. So turning performances into points has been vital."

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