At the domestic level McGinlay has refereed 21 Old Firm derbies, during which he never sent off a player, but he considers his most nerve-racking match to be the Rangers–Aberdeen title decider match at the climax of the 1990–91 season. In European club football he judged his most exciting match to be the Real Madrid–Borussia Mönchengladbach third-round second-leg UEFA Cup match. In international football he has taken charge of matches at the 1980 European Championships, the Home Championship and the 1984 Summer Olympics. He was placed on the referees' list for the 1986 World Cup but was later removed after being struck off the SFA list due to personal reasons.
Since retirement as a referee McGinlay has been a director of Stenhousemuir Football Club, an after-dinner speaker, and a columnist for the Daily Mirror, the Daily Record and the Sunday Mail.
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