No decision on Falkirk captaincy yet

David McCracken could face competition for the armband from Will Vaulks
David McCracken could face competition for the armband from Will Vaulks

David McCracken assumed the captaincy in Saturday’s defeat to Woking, but Peter Houston says it’s not a done deal for the elder statesman of the Bairns’ playing squad to take the role full-time.

The former Dundee United man is a natural on-field leader and heir apparent to Michael McGovern’s role - but there has been no formal decision made as yet.

“To be honest it’s not something I consider particularly important,” Houston told The Falkirk herald. “I expect them all to be captains and take responsibility and leadership on the park.

“But I knowe a decision will have to be made and yes, at the moment David has the armband and is probably a likely candidate but no decision has been made.

“No-one has jumped out at me as a potential quite yet - but there’s still time. I will sit down with Dale Brooks - who will obviously key in the decision knowing the players as well as he does, and we’ll make a decision as a management team.

“It’s a young squad so an older head might be the way to go because you don’t want to burden some of the younger players with additional pressure the role might bring.”

One player who will take the place of Michael McGovern is Jamie MacDonald - but only between the sticks, not in leading the players out.

“I want an outfield player as my captain,” added Houston. “Goalkeepers should be organising anyway, but I’d always have a captain in the thick of things.”

Houston has been pleased with MacDonald and his other three signings announced a fortnight ago this afternoon.

Peter Grant was also unveiled after agreeing a deal with previous boss Gary Holt.

“They’ve settled in well and I’ve been pleased with the group as a whole.

“Only Kieran Duffie and Craig Sibbald have been missing from the first-team pool through injuries but Scott Shepherd is back.”