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O’Connell didn’t feature in Ireland’s disappointing RBS 6 Nations campaign, during which only a better points difference over France helped them avoid the wooden spoon.
But like another Irish legend Brian O’Driscoll, McGeechan insists O’Connell’s experience and ability to lead by example, as well as his ability to deal with the pressure of playing for the Lions, makes him the best choice.
"He's back in the mix and I see that as significant," McGeechan told the Irish Independent. "Having a forward as captain helps you make a statement ahead of a Test series – you have to be exceptional, in the way Brian O'Driscoll is exceptional, to drive a team from a position further out.
"Paul's performance [for Munster] against Harlequins was unbelievable and when you have a second-row forward with his kind of experience showing such a desire to make it happen, it can only be good news.
"It's easy to take a single game out of context, but when you know someone is comfortable in a Lions environment, as Paul is, the only other thing you need to know is whether he's fit and in form."