Scotland: Darren Fletcher and Scott Brown 'have no rivalry'

Darren Fletcher captained Scotland against Northern Ireland
Darren Fletcher captained Scotland against Northern Ireland

Darren Fletcher says there is no issue between him and Scott Brown over who will captain Scotland for Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier with Gibraltar.

Fletcher was given the armband in the 1-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland, with Brown rested for the game.

Brown has captained the team for the majority of the current campaign, and manager Gordon Strachan admitted: "I've got a decision to make; a good one."

Fletcher said: "Me and Broony get on great, there is no rivalry."

West Brom midfielder Fletcher strolled through 90 minutes against Northern Ireland, with the game won through Christophe Berra's late header after a stuffy visiting side sat deep and frustrated Scotland.

He told BBC Scotland: "We aren't paying too much attention to it [the captaincy]. We're just concentrating on getting results for Scotland.

"The manager has not spoken to us about it and a decision will come on the day we both play together.

"I'm sure both of us want to be [captain] but we will respect the manager's decision."

Fletcher, 31, struggled to regain his place in the Scotland team after a lengthy lay-off due to health problems caused by ulcerative colitis.

However, after leaving Manchester United for West Brom in January he has been back playing regularly.

"[I feel] fantastic, I've have had no issues at all since being back," he said. "The run of games, of 90 minutes, I feel fantastic. I could play again no problem at all and long may it continue.

"The more games I get the fitter I'm going to be and the stronger I'm going to be. Hopefully that continues from now until the end of the season and into next season."

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie made his Scotland debut, his first trip north of the border
Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie made his Scotland debut, his first trip north of the border

Matt Ritchie made his first appearance for Scotland and it was his corner that found the head of Berra for the winning goal.

"First half I was a little bit nervy," said the Bournemouth winger. "I wasn't quite myself, and I felt like I grew into the game.

"I've got to thank the players around me, they kept me positive. The experienced lads like Darren Fletcher played a massive part in that sort of thing.

"To be called up was a dream come true and to be involved in a qualifier would be unbelievable. It's up to the manager but I'm here, I've enjoyed my time, I'm available for selection."

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