Irons: Skipper Switch Was My Idea

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Byline: FRASER MACKIE

DAVIE IRONS last night insisted that it was he who took the decision tostrip Chris Innes of the club captaincy as new skipper Paul Murray led Gretnato their first SPL win.

Innes played in the 3-2 victory over Dundee United at Fir Park but only afterbeing devastated by the news that he would no longer be in possession of thearmband.

The honour was handed to midfielder Murray, who has been a particular favouriteof Gretna's director of football, Mick Wadsworth,through his career sincehanding him a debut as a teenager at Carlisle United.The pair have workedtogether in five separate spells since,including at Southampton and Oldham.

Murray joined Gretna in the close season and has been easing his way back tofitness after suffering a serious knee injury two seasons back while inPortugal with Beira-Mar.

Yesterday was his most important 90 minutes yet as two goals from David Cowanand an 86th-minute winner from substitute Allan Jenkins saw off United.

Irons said: 'The captaincy was a decision made by myself and made for the rightreasons. …