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ALL GO FOR SKIPPER JOE

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NEW Aberdeen skipper Joe Lewis aims to lead the club from the back.

The 31-year-old keeper has been given the armband by Dons boss Derek McInnes following Graeme Shinnie’s move to Derby.

Englishman Lewis, who was bestowed the honour ahead of Scotland internationals Scott McKenna and Craig Bryson, is determined to get off to a winning start in the Europa League qualifier against Finnish minnows RoPS tonight.

The last line of defence, speaking to The Scottish Sun, said: “I’m very proud to be  captain of a club like Aberdeen, especially when you see the names who have been before you.

“We eat lunch  in the Captains’ Lounge, so all the pictures tell the history of who has been captain here.

“I’ll feel immensely proud to have my name associated with them. Being a keeper means it’s a bit unusual to become captain, but you’ve seen it with Gianluigi Buffon and Manuel Neuer.

“It’s certainly a job I feel a keeper can do. I’m aware  I won’t be in the thick of the action all the time, but I can use my influence from the back.

“It’s not all about on the pitch, either. There are a lot of roles to take on away from the games.

IN WITH A SHOUT…keeper Joe Lewis roars on his team-mates.

“Obviously, leadership and  leading by example is something you have to do every day, not just on a Saturday.

“For the younger lads, they need to look up to the captain and the senior player to see how they should conduct themselves.

“You can’t just have one leader on the pitch. We have a few who could have been captain and they will all help out.”

Pittodrie gaffer McInnes added: “Joe’s very influential in the dressing room and in his box.

“Also, when we were taking one or two blows about people leaving and not signing, Joe was a real shot in the arm committing to a new five-year contract. That deserves recognition, as well.

“He’s a brilliant option for us to be our captain.”

Lewis has been one of the team’s most consistent performers since arriving from Cardiff City in 2016 and played his part in the team reaching both the domestic Cup Finals in his debut campaign, but was powerless to prevent Brendan Rodgers’ team from winning 3-0 in the League Cup and 2-1 in the Scottish Cup.

Last season, he was out of luck once more against the Hoops in the League Cup Final when Ryan Christie scored the only goal of the game.

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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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