Brown honoured by armband

Hoops midfielder delighted to skipper side

Brown: New leader

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Scott Brown admits it is a 'great privilege' to have been handed the captain's armband at Celtic.

The 24-year-old has been awarded the honour of leading out the team following Stephen McManus' loan switch to Middlesbrough.

That move left the captaincy open and Tony Mowbray has decided combative midfielder Brown is the ideal man for the job.

The Scotland international made his first appearance as skipper after stepping off the bench in the recent defeat by Kilmarnock, before making his first start in the role in the Scottish Cup against Dunfermline on Sunday, and admits he is delighted to be held in such high regard around Parkhead.

Responsibility

"The manager pulled me in before the Kilmarnock game and told me I was going to be captain," Brown told the Celtic View.

"It is a very big honour and I'm glad he asked me. I have never captained a side before so this is my first opportunity and hopefully I'll make the most of it.

"It's good to have that responsibility and it's a great privilege to be captain of Celtic.

"The younger ones look up to you and all the fans that go week in, week out recognise you as the captain of their side.

"Now I have to do the team huddle and get the lads going before the game but, to be honest, I just do the same on the park as I normally do and quite a lot of the guys are talkers on the park as well, so I think that helps also."

Dream

Meanwhile, Celtic new-boy Paul Slane is hoping to force his way into Mowbray's plans as soon as possible following his switch from Motherwell.

"I've always been a Celtic supporter and this was a chance I couldn't turn down," said the teenage midfielder.

"It's always been my dream to play for the first team and that's my target. I loved my time at Motherwell but this was a big chance for me and I wanted to take it.

"There are a lot of reserve-type games arranged as well, which wasn't the case at Motherwell.

"The boys were telling me that they've played against the likes of Blackburn and Chelsea recently, so I can't wait for that kind of challenge."