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Mowbray considers captain change

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray and captain Stephen McManus
Mowbray has hinted at a change of captain in his first season at Celtic

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray says Stephen McManus is not guaranteed to remain the club's captain next season.

Mowbray said he would speak to 26-year-old McManus to get his thoughts ahead of making a decision.

"I'll see what he thinks," Mowbray said of McManus who will miss the start of the season because of a knee injury.

"I haven't seen any reason why Stephen doesn't fit all the criteria... but I'd suggest one or two others within the club might also fit that criteria."

McManus has captained Celtic for the past two years since taking over the role from Neil Lennon.

The defender missed the last four matches of last season through injury and is battling to return to full fitness.

And Mowbray said he would speak to the skipper in due course.

"I'll see what he thinks, how much that decision would impact on him, positively or negatively," the Celtic manager said.

"Captaincy is important for the standards you set. At a club like this, he has to lead by example in his manner on and off the field.

"And Stephen seems as though he has the capabilities to deal with all those things no problem.

"But I would suggest there are one or two others within the club who might also fit that criteria and there might also be one or two signings that fit it as well."

Scott McDonald has expressed his delight at being named Celtic's captain on their pre-season trip to his native Australia in the absence of McManus.

McDonald will wear the armband against Brisbane Roar on 12 July.

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