The Rams veteran will once again wear the captain's armband for the Pride Park outfit.
Keogh is nearing 350 appearances in all competitions for the Rams since joining in 2012 from Coventry City but his time at Pride Park has not been without criticism and promotion heartbreak.
However, Keogh did put in a great display against Leeds United in the second leg at Elland Road as his side became the first team to reach the second-tier final after having lost the first leg at home, and he was praised by fellow Irishman - and Aston Villa legend - Paul McGrath (SportsJOE).
Cocu's decision prompted a mixed reaction from the Derby fanbase, with some of the comments on social media reflecting the difference in opinion:
Not my captain— Jamzy⚠️ (@Xud92) 1 August 2019
NoT mY cApTaIn.— Matt Harvey (@mattharvey07) 1 August 2019
Steve from Matlock is fuming— Phillip Cocu's Derby (@dutch_rams) 1 August 2019
For all u Keogh haters— Alan Leah (@alan_leah) 1 August 2019
The highs and lows of being a Rams fan. Just when your mood picks up with PC announcing there may be 4 players arriving he then announces Keogh as captain...— Peter Cotton (@pcisaram1956) 1 August 2019
KEOGH KEOGH KEOGH!— Phillip Cocu’s Daniel (@daniel385723) 1 August 2019
Great leader don’t see why people are kicking off was solid last year— Christopher Hill (@Chrissyh2711) 1 August 2019
I don't know why, why are after another centre half when CURTIS DAVIES IS FIT, and probably our best defender.— RP II (@R0b_Peat) 1 August 2019
Your right tell top level player and league winning manager Cocu that he's wrong.— Derby Fan (@DerbyFan6) 1 August 2019
Oh ffs.— Sam Naylor (@samnaylor92) 1 August 2019
Biblical— Chris Smith (@cspaceram) 1 August 2019
Manager after manager recognise Keogh's strengths. I hope every supporter gets behind our captain.— Chris Smedley (@AlphaSmedley) 1 August 2019
These managers that constantly pick and hand Keogh the captaincy absolutely have no idea what there doing!!! now on a serious note let’s get behind Keogh this season he gives his all ,, he ain’t perfect but he’s better than most championship cb !!!!— tony (@antdcfc74) 1 August 2019
Captain's back!— Lee CH / The Korean Ram (@ChanYoungLee03) 1 August 2019
Keogh, who has 348 Derby appearances to his name, will enter his eighth season with the Rams sitting 20th in the East Midlands club's list of all-time appearances.
He is the first player to break into the list since Michael Forsyth, whose final appearance of his 406 for the Rams was in 1995 (Derby Telegraph).
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