Richard Foster shocked by Aberdeen captaincy

Richard Foster lifts the Scottish Premier League trophy
Foster helped Rangers win a third successive Scottish title

Richard Foster expressed his surprise at being named Aberdeen captain after returning from a season on loan with Scottish Premier League rivals Rangers.

The 25-year-old defender was speaking ahead of the Dons' 2-1 defeat in a pre-season friendly against Bochum.

"I must admit it came as something of a shock when the gaffer told me he was making me captain as there are more senior players in the squad," he said.

"It's a tremendous honour and a privilege to have been asked."

Foster helped Rangers win a third successive Scottish title and played his part in their European campaign, but no permanent move to Ibrox has materialised.

The versatile player, who had been one of several candidates for the armband earmarked by manager Craig Brown, said he hopes to have benefited from playing under previous Aberdeen captains.

"I played under Russell Anderson and Scott Severin here and learned a lot from both of them and I'm sure that will stand me in good stead," he told Aberdeen's website.

"It's not just about the skipper though. You can be the best captain in the world, but if the team doesn't gel, it won't happen.

"However, I've seen enough since I've come back to the club to see that this is a close-knit group and one that gets on well together and we're all confident ahead of the new season."

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