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Souttar's captain pride

20th August 2018

John Souttar proud to captain Hearts but insists job is made easier with so many leaders in dressing room

John Souttar has revealed his pride at taking on the captain’s armband.

The 21-year-old was handed the skipper’s role by manager Craig Levein following Christophe Berra’s injury, and the Scotland U21 star did not disappoint against Dunfermline.

Souttar marshalled a defence that lost the services of Aaron Hughes at half-time but went on to keep a clean sheet as the Jambos bagged a 1-0 win at East End Park to set up a final eight clash with Motherwell in the Betfred Cup.

The centre-half admits it was an incredible feeling to wear the armband, but insists the job is made easier because there are so many leaders in a Hearts side that has went seven games unbeaten in season 2018/19.

“It’s incredible for me to be captain,” he said. “At the age of 21, to be captaining a team like Hearts is incredible.

“But you can’t think too much about it. I just have to play my own game.

“There are a lot of natural leaders in there, big Steven MacLean, Stevie Naismith – a lot of them.

“So there are other captains in the team. But to get to wear the armband at 21 is something I will never forget.

“Last week, knowing I was going to be captain, I didn’t feel any more responsibility.

“I feel like I took responsibility before I was made captain. Whether you are wearing the armband or not, you take responsibility.

“So I don’t think it will change me. But, when I look back on my career, I’ll realise what a big achievement it is.

“There are a lot of leaders in there.”