Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Nations Cup: Ince a role model for new Scotland skipper Miller

Kenny Miller has accepted with honour the role of Scotland captain for the first time in his career — and will use former England skipper Paul Ince as his role model.

In the absence of injured Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher, the striker, who moved from Rangers to Turkish club Bursaspor last month, will lead Craig Levein's side out at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin tonight for their Carling Nations Cup game against Northern Ireland.

Miller, who will win his 52nd cap, has played under numerous captains during his career, but paid tribute to his former Wolves team-mate Ince.

“Paul Ince, who I played with at Wolves for a few years, was a fantastic captain,” he said.

“He was a fantastic role model, he had mental toughness and was a great captain to play under.

“So if you need any example of how to lead you just have to look at him.

“I have never been captain before. It is an absolute honour and when I look back on it — and hopefully it will be a positive result — it will be one of the highlights of my career.”

Miller admits he already has some of the attributes associated with Ince.

“I don't think I will change much from the way I am as a player,” he said. “I am bossy, moaning and demanding on the pitch anyway so I won't really change much — I am tailor-made for it.

“It's a proud, proud moment in my career. To lead your country in any game is a dream for any kid starting out in football so I'm over the moon.

“Darren is captain, that has been made quite clear and also, if Gary Caldwell had been fit he might have had the armband. So I am not under any illusions that I will be taking the captaincy.

“It will be a major honour to have it for this game and obviously when Darren is back he will be the captain.”

Miller will lead the line for the Scots while stopper Steven Caldwell, called in the squad to replace injured brother Gary Caldwell, will partner Christophe Berra in defence.

Scotland team: McGregor: Hutton, S. Caldwell, Berra, Bardsley; Morrison, Adam, Commons, Brown, Naismith; Miller.

Probable Northern Ireland team: Tuffey, Baird, McAuley, Craigan, McArdle, McGinn, McCourt, Davis, McCann, Evans, Healy.

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