Jackie McNamara has revealed making Sean Dillon club captain was one of the easiest decisions he’s made since arriving at Dundee United.
Jackie was faced with a choice to make after skipper of the last three years Jon Daly left for Rangers.
That was at the end of the season.
He delayed making an announcement until just last week but there was never any doubt in Jackie’s mind who’d get the armband.
And that’s because, in Dillon, he believes he had an outstanding candidate.
“Appointing Sean was an easy decision for me,” he said.
“For me, he’s a very good professional and he knows the club very well now and wants what’s best for Dundee United.
“He communicates well on and off the park and for me he was the perfect candidate to take over from Jon Daly.
“He’ll be a point of contact between myself and the players at times and he’s already a leader on the park.
“On top of that, he’s an important player for the team and has been for a few seasons now.”
The ankle operation he had near the end of last season means Dillon is unlikely to play in the games here in Germany or in Spain next week.
But he has travelled and, along with fellow-injury absentees John Rankin and Gavin Gunning, is doing rehab sessions under physio Jeff Clarke two or three times a day.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Rado Cierzniak is on course to be between the sticks when United face Energie Cottbus on Friday night.
The Pole was left out against Union Berlin on Sunday because of a stiff back. It was purely a precautionary measure.
Instead, Marc McCallum played and went a long way to helping his boss decide if he needs experienced cover for Cierzniak.
“I was going to play Rado on Sunday but he felt his back a bit and it would have been silly to have taken any chances.
“It gave young Mark his chance and I should mention him because, although four goals went past him, he played very well.
“He looked confident and made some good saves.
“I want someone to be challenging Rado for his place this season and if it’s Mark that would be ideal.”