Former Dundee United and Derby County man Johnny Russell has extended his stay in the MLS with Sporting Kansas City.

The Scotland international had spells with Derby County, Dundee United, Forfar Athletic and Raith Rovers before his move to the MLS, where he has spent the last couple of seasons.

The former Derby County man has signed a new deal.

The former Derby County man has signed a new deal. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

He has also been handed the captain’s armband as one of the senior figure’s in the City dressing room. Despite this, the former Derby County and Tangerines man could have been released after a defeat in the MLS play-offs against Minnesota United earlier this month.

Russell has claimed the club’s Most Valuable Player award for 2020 after a brilliant campaign in the USA and has had a contract extension activated as a reward.

 

Still only 30, Russell will be desperate to make Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad next summer, the attacker currently sitting on 14 caps.

Racking up the caps. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

For now though, he is enjoying the added responsibility that captaincy brings: “I  feel that I’m one of the stronger personalities in the dressing room now. Even with the young guys, I’m always there if they need to talk.

“The honour of being chosen to join the other players who have led this team in the past is something to really be proud about. It’s a huge honour and something you don’t have many opportunities to get.

“Stepping out and wearing the armband, it’s a very proud moment every time I get to do it.”

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