Rory McIlroy has given his backing to Paul McGinley as the European captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

The world number one tweeted his support for the Dubliner on Thursday evening as he was congratulating new US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson.

McIlroy tweeted the he would love to see Paul McGinley go up against Tom Watson as European Captain at Gleneagles.

However, the Holywood man swiftly made sure to also back fellow northerner Darren Clarke to lead the European team for their next campaign on American soil in 2016.

The Americans are hoping the the reappointment of Watson as captain will end their recent poor run of results in the Ryder Cup.

Watson will be 65 when the matches are played at Gleneagles in Scotland, making him the oldest captain in Ryder Cup history, surpassing John Henry Taylor, who was 62 when he captained Great Britain to victory in 1933.

"I was waiting 20 years to get the call again. I loved it the first time," said Watson, who led the US to victory in 1993 in his previous stint as captain.

"I've been a great fan of the Ryder Cup, always been watching, I get the same gut feeling just watching it at home on TV. It's a great honour to do it again."

A winner of eight majors, including five British Opens, Watson became just the seventh man to be named U.S. captain on more than one occasion. The last was Jack Nicklaus in 1987.