New Hibernian captain Liam Craig 'honoured' to be handed the armband

Midfielder reveals words of encouragement from ex-skipper James McPake.

Liam Craig, Hibernian, November 2013.
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Liam Craig insists he is up for the challenge of being Hibernian captain after being handed the skipper's armband by new boss Terry Butcher.

The midfielder led the team out for the first time in Saturday's goalless draw against St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership and will retain the role under the new management.

And Craig is hoping to go some way to emulating former England and Rangers skipper Butcher by leading Hibs to a successful season.

He said: "It's a great honour to captain Hibs and I will do it to the best of my ability.

"[Butcher] has captained his country and captained Rangers so the fact that he has seen those qualities in me in a short space of time gives me great confidence to go and lead the team out on a Saturday."

Craig inherits the armband from James McPake, whose injury problems had seen goalkeeper Ben Williams deputise as skipper before Butcher's arrival at Easter Road.

He added: "To be fair to James, he was the first one to pull me aside after the manager spoke to me and he gave me a few tips on what to do and what not to do.

"It's great to have people like James and Ben Williams round about me. We've got a good squad of players here and it's about time we started getting results."

The clash in Paisley was Butcher's first game in charge and saw Hibs end a run of four straight defeats.

Craig said: "I think we have given ourselves a platform to build on now.

"Our goalkeeper didn't have too much to do and I thought we put enough pressure on at times to nick a goal.

"But if we can work as hard as that and defend as well as that from the front, we will win more games than we lose from now until the end of the season."

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