ALEX McLEISH insisted Charlie Mulgrew was the outstanding candidate to become the new Scotland captain.

The former Celtic defender, who is now skipper of League One side Blackburn Rovers, will lead the team in tonight’s international friendly against Costa Rica at Hampden.

Returning Scots boss McLeish admitted he is in no doubt over his credentials for the role to succeed the retiring Scott Brown.

He said: “Charlie will be captain for this game and then we will see what happens in the next game.

“I’m not one for changing the captaincy as such, but there will come a time when we come to the competitive games we will probably name a captain and maybe a vice-captain in the event of one being out.

“And maybe even a vice vice-captain!

“Charlie is the stand-out, his experience and the fact he’s been in the game a long time.

“His experience can help the kids. I say kids, the younger players. They are grown men, they have to show that their performance level can be as good for Scotland as it has been for their clubs.

“That’s the reason they were picked.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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