Scotland midfielder John McGinn believes wearing the armband is becoming more natural after admitting the role of captain was initially ‘alien’.
The 28-year-old is set to lead his country against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday when they win their 50th cap.
The former St Mirren and Hibernian player led Steve Clarke’s side to victory against Ukraine on Wednesday as he again replaced injured Andy Robertson.
McGinn was named club captain of Aston Villa in the summer, but there were some challenges with Steven Gerrard’s side enduring a slow start to the campaign before resuming with a draw against Manchester City and winning Southampton .
Gerrard recently claimed that McGinn had “tried too much” but the former Rangers manager had expected that after handing him the captaincy.
Asked about his leadership roles, McGinn told the PA news agency: ‘I’m definitely more comfortable and enjoying responsibility a lot more.
“I know I only replace Robbo when he’s suspended or injured, but doing it at club level and then doing it here, it’s starting to feel a bit more natural.
“It was foreign at first, but the two gaffers believed in me to play this role.
“I really appreciate it and that certainly makes it a bit more special when you lead your country.”
McGinn certainly led by example and took responsibility on Wednesday when his goal gave Scotland a much-needed breakthrough 20 minutes from time as they topped Nations League Group B1.
His 14th international goal looked familiar as the midfielder put his body past a defender and used his strength to fend off the challenge before firing home.
The Ukrainian players appealed for a foul but the Italian referee didn’t feel the need to check the monitor after advice from his video assistants.
McGinn said: “I’m used to it, but I’m also used to getting shot. That’s how I normally get my reservations, for dissent.
“I knew if I had my body in front it would give the referee a decision to make, but luckily this time they made the right decision and the goal was respected.
“So much the better, because I celebrated a little too much.”
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