Date: 20th May 2007 at 12:17pm
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It could all have been so different. Imagine the scenario that Jimmy Calderwood had nipped in and stole Kris Boyd from under Rangers nose, where would the two clubs be today?

Perhaps the sell out match at Pittodrie would be hosting a game this afternoon where the two clubs were playing for the right to be included in next season`s Champions League, the likelihood of which was put beyond all rational when Boyd destroyed Aberdeen with 3 quickfire goals at Ibrox when the clubs met in March at Ibrox.

And again it`s Boyd the Dons fear could ruin their UEFA Cup hopes as he takes his place in the ‘Gers starting eleven but Jimmy Calderwood has broken his silence on the transfer deal that could have transformed the league table this season as he admits he was close to bringing the striker north to Pittodrie.

Whilst every manager would love to have the league`s top scorer for the last two seasons in their team, Jimmy was in the running to securing his services and his failure to do so means he again faces the threat of them man he so admires.

Jimmy knows Boyd must be given special treatment if the Dons are to secure the European spot on their own accord.

He said, ‘If we keep Boyd quiet we will have a greater chance of getting the win we need,’

‘He is the best penalty box striker in the country, as he proved by scoring a hat-trick the last time we met.

‘He is similar to Joe Harper, who became a legend with the Aberdeen fans. ‘He is probably stronger in the air than Joe was, although he isn’t as good a finisher quite yet.

‘That’s why I was so keen to get him to Aberdeen.

‘We met up in Majorca and discussed the chances of him coming to Pittodrie.

‘He said he quite fancied the idea, but I always felt he was waiting for Rangers to come in. If you don’t ask you don’ t get though!

‘If Rangers hadn’t made their move then there was a chance we could have got him, but it wasn’t to be.

‘It’s a pity because I would rather we didn’t have to face Kris on Sunday.

‘He has done a brilliant job at Rangers, particularly since Walter Smith went back to Ibrox.’ Some people labelled Kris as lazy but he is certainly working his socks off in every game now.’

Is Boyd as good as Joe Harper? Big words but he`s certainly the best Scottish striker in the country at present and I`m sure Dons fans would have loved to have him in a red shirt.

Or would they? Have your say on the news that Kris Boyd was almost a Don in our Vital Aberdeen Forum.