Date: 6th March 2007 at 10:27pm
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Jimmy Calderwood is playing the Kings role as he looks down the league at Hearts and insists all the pressure is on them when they come to Pittodrie on Saturday.

Not even taking into consideration the management situation and the turmoil that is a daily event down Gorgie way, which is actually becoming slightly monotonous despite or because of the column inches it generates, Jimmy has further reason to believe that Hearts are the team with it all to do.

Calderwood said: ‘There is always more pressure on the chasing team.

‘Even if we were to lose we would still be well in touch in the race for European places.

‘But if Hearts lose they will be three points behind and that could stretch to six if we win at Motherwell as well next midweek.

‘It’s going to be interesting to see how Hearts handle the pressure.

‘We are at the stage of the season where the players with the most determination – and strongest nerve – are more likely to triumph.’

Jimmy is seeking a bit of revenge but it will be difficult, despite the madness, as the Old Firm are the only teams to have taken full points off Hearts when they`ve been the travelling side.

He cannot see a repeat of September`s 3-1 Pittodrie loss however as he thinks the Jambo`s loss of key personnel is about to expose their weaknesses. He still thinks back to September and to a match which obviously hurt him deeply.

‘We were brilliant in the first half of that game, so losing was a massive disappointment,’ he said.

‘I doubt if Hearts will get so lucky again if we get anywhere near that level of performance.

‘They will also be without Paul Hartley, who swung that game at Pittodrie in their favour. He will be a big miss for them.

‘The lads are really up for the game and looking forward to it.’

A win for Aberdeen will really increase the pressure on Rangers ahead of their visit to Parkhead so it`s all still to play for in the eyes of the Dons manager.

Calderwood said: ‘Rangers’ victory at Easter Road at the weekend didn’t help, but we still have a chance.

‘We’ve still to play Rangers twice and they have a couple of clashes with Celtic as well, which they can never count on winning.

‘It’s far from over yet.’

It`s one game all in the Dons V Hearts battle this season as the teams go into the vital third with only one goal separating the teams in the league.

Saturday`s game is the next huge step and Jimmy would be delighted to put a bit of daylight between his team and Hearts and be able to concentrate on catching Rangers.