Aberdeen have confirmed today that Joe Lewis will be our new captain.

Joe has been taking the captain’s role in our recent pre-season friendlies and was confirmed as skipper ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League clash against RoPS Rovaniemi.

He takes over the reigns from Graeme Shinnie who signed for Derby County at the end of last season.

The 31-year-old, said: “I am really proud. It is a great honour to be a captain of a fantastic football club with a great history and hopefully, I can be a captain that creates our own history ourselves.

“There are a few people in the squad who could have been chosen after Graeme left. We have a number of good experienced lads in the squad. The gaffer just said he likes how I am in the changing room and around the lads and it was the obvious choice for him.

“That’s obviously a nice thing to have and hopefully I can take the club to some successful times.

“We have our lunch in the captain’s lounge and the walls are full of the history and all the names and what they have achieved is all written on the walls. I am honoured to have my name next to some of the names that are up there.”

Lewis will lead the Dons out at Pittodrie for the first time in Thursday’s Europa League encounter with Finnish side RoPS Rovaniemi.

Speaking ahead of the first leg of the first qualifying round at Pittodrie, he said: “There is a special feel to these games and a special atmosphere. They are something I love.

“Some of the away games are in hostile atmospheres and it’s a lot more enjoyable to win a game in those sort of atmospheres.”

Captain – Joe Lewis