Former Derby County skipper Richard Keogh claims that he can hold his head up high following his three-year tenure as the Rams’ leader.
New Derby boss Paul Clement opted to remove the armband from central defender Keogh and give it to his summer recruit Chris Baird instead, ahead of the 2015/16 season.
In recent times the ex-Coventry City man has come under increased scrutiny for his performances from the Derby faithful, some of which he believes is slightly unfair.
He said: “I’m very proud of what I have done in three years of being captain of this football club.
“We achieved a lot in those three years. We couldn’t quite get over the line but I am very confident we can do it this season.”
“When you are captain you are the figurehead of everything. It comes with the territory and people look for someone to blame and maybe it was a follow on from Wembley.”
The Rams face a massive clash against fellow promotion favourites Middlesbrough at the iPro Stadium tonight, and Derby boss Paul Clement will be keen to attain his first three points of the season with a win over Aitor Karanka’s men.
Derby have earned two successive draws in the league so far, drawing 0-0 against Bolton on the opening day of the season, and then a 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic last weekend – the club were defeated 2-1 by League Two side Portsmouth in the Capital One Cup last week also.
Derby fans… What do you make to Keogh’s comments? Would you have kept him on as captain this season? What do you make of the defender’s performances so far this season? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!