Date: 1st March 2007 at 9:36pm
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Jimmy Calderwood is delighted with the fact that his Dons boys are being recognised nationally.He`s delighted that Russell Anderson and Scott Severin are established in the Scotland setup but he wants more knocking on McLeish`s door.

‘I would love there to be a big Aberdeen presence in the Scotland squads for the forthcoming internationals,’ said Calderwood.

‘However, the usual suspects are more than likely to be called up.

‘But to be fair the lads in the squad have already done well in the qualification campaign and deserve to retain their places.’

“Jimmy admits that it was maybe his fault that Scotland B squad member Darren Mackie didn`t have the best of matches, despite scoring, against Celtic when Alex McLeish had travelled up to the clash 2 weeks ago.

Calderwood employed Mackie on the left of midfield to utilize his speed for the purposes of preventing Celtic using that flank to build attacks.

Jimmy said, ‘Darren Mackie was a little bit unlucky in the Celtic game.

‘I used him in a different defensive role although we missed him through the middle.

‘But he scored late in the game when we pushed him further forward and I’m sure Alex McLeish would have noted his display in two different positions.

Jimmy summed up the performances of his other international stars who were also under the national boss` scrutiny in that match, he said, ‘Chris (Clark) was a little bit unfortunate as he suffered an injury in the first half.

‘Russell did struggle a little and by his own high standards didn’t play to his true form.

‘But everyone knows the qualities he has and the performances he has produced.’

Calderwood is also calling for the inclusion of his ‘keeper Jamie Langfield. He has been quoting previously and often saying that he thinks “Jamie is the next best Scottish goalie to Craig Gordon playing in the SPL”

Whether that be true or not, and honestly we as a nation are in trouble if it is, a potential chance for Langfield, who played in the last Scotland B squad match against Finland, has arisen due to David Marshall, on loan at Norwich, being ruled out for the remainder of the season.

‘There could be an opportunity for Jamie to break into the squad following David Marshall’s injury,’ said Calderwood.

‘David has been very unlucky, and Paul Gallagher (also at Norwich and under pressure from the fans) hasn’t been playing regularly.

‘Craig Gordon is deservedly the number one while Cardiff’s Neil Alexander is also a regular in the squad.

‘Allan McGregor has also established himself at Rangers this season.



But there could still be a window of opportunity for Jamie as Alex will name three keepers.

‘After Jamie’s involvement in the last B international he has a chance – and he might now be just ahead of McGregor.

‘It’s a difficult decision for Alex McLeish to make but Aberdeen could benefit from the injury problems.’

Calderwood is a fan of Langfield and has stood by his number 1 despite some shocking mistakes. Perhaps this is an insight into Calderwood`s evaluation of back up ‘keeper Derek Soutar and therefore we must pray Langfield keeps free of injury during the league run in.

Calderwood doesn`t think Langfield should be judged on the goals Alex McLeish firsthand witnessed Jamie concede against Celtic; goals which a top class ‘keeper would have been very disappointed to allow in.

Jimmy stands by his man and points McLeish to the goals against column. Aberdeen have only lost 9 goals away from home, the best defensive away record in the league. Most Dons fans believe that unlikely record is down to the men in front of Langfield rather than the 27 year old standing on the goal line.

Calderwood ‘Jamie might have lost a few goals against Celtic but he still has an impressive record.

Jimmy then points to, in fairness, an underestimated part of Jamie`s game.

‘Jamie’s distribution is superb and it’s something I have encouraged him to develop,’ said Calderwood.

‘He helped set up Darren’s goal against Celtic when he launched the ball forward.

‘When you have really quick players in your team like Darren and Steve Lovell it can be an advantage to release the ball early.’

‘I always knew the talent was there and remember watching him as a 20-year-old for Dundee.

‘He played in a reserve match and conceded a goal and he started to go wild.

‘He hasn’t changed much since then, which says a lot about him as some players might have said it’s only the reserves and weren’t worried about losing a goal.

‘Sometimes he can be too hard on himself when he does concede, but I’d rather have that than someone who doesn’t care.’