With Scott Dann moving to Crystal Palace, it was confirmed by the manager that the 22-year-old Scottish International will wear the captain's armband, and he marked the occasion by powering home a second half header as Rovers defeated Blackpool 2-0 at Ewood Park.
Speaking to Radio Rovers after the game, the manager said: "We spoke the other day about it, a lot of people think he'll be a future captain of Scotland and we see him being the captain here.
"He has took to the job well second time around and I'm delighted for the captain that he has scored his first goal of the season."
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