Brown honoured by Hoops captaincy

10 February 2010 11:19
The 24-year-old was handed the honour on his comeback from ankle surgery after club captain Stephen McManus was loaned to Middlesbrough.[LNB]Brown took the armband when he came on during the latter stages of Celtic's 1-0 SPL defeat by Kilmarnock and led out the team for the first time before the Scottish Cup win over Dunfermline.[LNB]"The manager pulled me in before the Kilmarnock game and told me I was going to be captain," Brown told the Celtic View.[LNB]"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.[LNB]"It's good to have that responsibility and it's a great privilege to be captain of Celtic.[LNB]"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.[LNB]"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."[LNB]Meanwhile, 18-year-old Paul Slane is focused on making the Celtic first team following his switch from Motherwell.[LNB]"I've always been a Celtic supporter and this was a chance I couldn't turn down," he said.[LNB]"It's always been my dream to play for the first team and that's my target.[LNB]"I loved my time at Motherwell but this was a big chance for me and I wanted to take it.[LNB]"There are a lot of reserve-type games arranged as well, which wasn't the case at Motherwell.[LNB]"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."[LNB]Slane, who scored in a 4-1 friendly win against Queen of the South on Saturday, added: "I trained with the players for the first time last week and I was a bit nervous to start with. But as soon as I started training I felt fine and really enjoyed it.[LNB]"The likes of Robbie Keane were involved but you can't really think about who you are training with. You just have to show what you can do.[LNB]"It was great training with top-class players though. Some of the stuff Robbie was doing was unbelievable. All you can do is learn from it."[LNB][LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk