Wednesday 26 July 2017

O'Neill hands Davis captaincy

Michael O'Neill hopes the Northern Ireland captaincy can provide Rangers midfielder Steven Davis with a welcome break from life at Ibrox.

O'Neill yesterday appointed Davis as his country's new skipper ahead of his first match in charge of the national side, against Norway at Windsor Park tonight.

It means Aaron Hughes, who led the side for eight years, must go back into the ranks following his retirement U-turn, but O'Neill believes now is the right time for a change.

He also feels midfield lynchpin Davis will benefit from the morale boost following a difficult few weeks at Rangers, who have gone into administration.

"Steven Davis is the captain and he will be the captain going forward," O'Neill said. "I just thought at this stage of his career and with a new manager coming in, it was maybe time and it would benefit the squad."

Irish Independent

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