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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 July 2007, 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK
McManus named new Celtic captain
Celtic defender Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus has committed his future to Celtic
Scotland defender Stephen McManus has signed a new, four-year contract with Celtic and won the race to be their new club captain.

The 24-year-old had shared the captaincy with veteran defender Steven Pressley during pre-season.

McManus succeeds Neil Lennon, who joined Nottingham Forest in the summer, and said: "To be given the captaincy of Celtic is a tremendous honour.

"It is undoubtedly one of the highlights of my career so far."

McManus has been a regular starter under manager Gordon Strachan, helping him to two Scottish championship flags in successive seasons.

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"I'm proud to follow in the footsteps of so many great Celtic captains from the past and I hope that I will be able to achieve as much success as they have over the years," he said.

McManus' decision to commit himself to Celtic long-term may have swung the captaincy his way.

"I've come through the ranks here at the club and am proud to have played a part in the success we've had these past few seasons," he said about his contract extension.

"Hopefully that will continue in the years to come, both in Scotland and in European competition as well."

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