Meekings grateful to Dundee boss McCann for captaincy honour

New Dundee captain John Meekings alongside Neil McCann
New Dundee captain John Meekings alongside Neil McCann

New Dundee captain Josh Meekings has thanked under-fire boss Neil McCann for trusting him with the armband.

McCann has confirmed the former Inverness defender will lead out the Dens Park side for the remainder of the season after trying out eight other potential candidates during pre-season.

The 25-year-old Englishman says he is grateful for the honour and has vowed to repay McCann – who is coming under increasing pressure from fans following his side’s shock Betfred Cup exit to Ayr United on Saturday – with improved performances.

He said: “I’m grateful for the manager for pulling me in to tell me I’m going to captain the side. It’s a great honour.

“It was a difficult period at the start last year. I came to the club without any (firm offer of a contract) but the manager took me on and said he had trust in me to come into the side if I carried on working hard and I’ve done that.

“Last season was about getting some game time but this year I’m looking to properly kick on, play some good football and help the team move forward.

“There is a number of boys who are captain material in the squad. The armband has been passed around in pre-season, everybody has their own ideas on it.

“But it’s the manager’s decision in the end and I’m grateful to chosen me to do it.”