Date: 31st January 2007 at 4:13pm
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Despite having stated that he was happy with the first team squad, Jimmy Calderwood is naturally always looking to strengthen his side.

With no transfer budget to play with, the rumours that contract-free Robbie Winters and Charlie Miller have been seen around Pittodrie could have some weight.

If money is as tight as always stated, Jimmy could possibly offer them the same amateur deal that Gary Dempsey was on in the hope they prove themselves and can earn a contract. At least they’d be able to train and get themselves in the shop window after their SK Brann adventure.

No confirmed news yet on the Alan Gow situation. Rangers have apparently had two paltry bids kicked out but the fact Celtic look like snatching Paul Hartley from under ‘Gers noses should make them insistant on getting Gow this window and an increased bid is likely.

immy will have to be an amazing salesman to convince Rangers supporting Gow to turn his back on them and move north in the summer after his contract expires if Rangers hold out till then.

Reports that Calderwood also tried to lure Dundee United captain Barry Robson away from Tannadice are insignificant as Craig Levein has tied him up to a longer contract.

Whatever happens this window or in the summer, Jimmy’s progress plan seems to be clearer. With the interest in Winters and Miller, he’s looking to add experienced cover for his team in the league run in. Players looking for contracts try hard and if a deal can be struck it could be a very shrewd move from Jimmy.

Robson and Gow are a different story as they still have their best years ahead of them. Robson is certainly not coming but we remain hopeful about Gow. It’s exciting that Jimmy wants these types of players at Pittodrie. Both work hard, score and create goals and are talented, energetic players who provide spark and ingenuity.

It seems Jimmy believes he has stabilised the ship and is now looking towards the next level. He likes to see fast paced action and would like to add a couple of match-winners to his side, players who can do the unexpected and turn a match.

Whilst these players may not end playing for Aberdeen, this is the standard and criteia Jimmy is looking for. If Jimmy does make a signing, Dons fans may see someone a little bit special that Jimmy has unearthed and get the crowds flocking back to Pittodrie.