Mac to lead Boro

TONY McMahon looks set to captain Middlesbrough when promotion-chasing Swansea City visit the Riverside Stadium tomorrow (kick off 3pm).

The 24-year-old defender will be handed the armband in the absence of Matthew Bates, who picked up a leg injury during the first half of last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

But McMahon, while honoured to lead out The Reds, is more focused on picking up three points and continuing Boro’s climb away from Championship trouble.

“On Saturday (at Palace) it all happened quickly - Matty went off injured and the gaffer told me to take the armband, so obviously I did – you do what you’re told,” he explained.

“If he gives it to me on Saturday it will be a massive honour.

“You dream of captaining your side, but to be honest I’m not thinking about that.

“I just want to play football and stay in the team and get three points, but if it came down to me captaining the side, it would be an honour.”

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