Gordon Strachan names Scott Brown as Scotland captain for Estonia match

Gary Caldwell, James Forrest, Ross McCormack and Grant Hanley pull out the squad.

Scott Brown will captain Scotland against Estonia at Pittodrie.
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Celtic captain Scott Brown has been named as Scotland captain for manager Gordon Strachan’s first game as national team boss.

The midfielder will wear the captain’s armband for the friendly match against Estonia at Pittodrie.

Gary Caldwell and Kenny Miller covered during Darren Fletcher’s absence in 2012 due to his chronic bowel condition.

"He already knows what it's like to be a captain with pressure and that made him favourite," Strachan told a press conference in Aberdeen.

The 27-year-old said: "It's a huge honour, a thing you dream of when you're younger, captaining Scotland.

"I've been lucky enough to do it for Celtic for the last couple of seasons and now to get the chance for this game for Scotland is a great honour."

Wigan defender Caldwell has been forced to pull out of the squad due to injury along with Grant Hanley, James Forrest while Leeds striker Ross McCormack is out due to illness.

On the call-offs, Strachan added: "He's [Caldwell] left. Grant [Hanley] has left too, they did well to come up, they'd really been struggling.

"Ross McCormack has left, he's got some sort of bug but he made it up here which was terrific.

"Young James (Forrest) went back because I felt it might be too much to play two games back to back for him. So he's away to Celtic and they'll look after him there."

And the former Celtic manager said he would work with SPL managers to ensure players return to their clubs in the best shape possible.

"I spoke to a lot of managers recently and I'm trying to do the best for the group and the best for the managers," he added.

"The team that is picked is the best one we can put out tomorrow.

"We're taking into consideration the last time they played, the conditions they played in and who'll be playing at the weekend.

"We'll try to help them and try to get something positive for ourselves."

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