Date: 15th May 2007 at 9:37pm
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Calderwood is still very confident.

His team have blown two good chances to knock Hearts out of contention for the UEFA Cup and there now is but a point between the teams.

Jimmy`s boys face the might of a rejuvenated Rangers team whilst Hearts travel to the home of Kilmarnock knowing that nothing less than a win would suffice.

Calderwood still thinks his team has the upper-hand despite probably having to defeat Rangers to secure the last, much coveted UEFA Cup spot but he wouldn`t have it any other way.

He`s thrilled and excited by the challenge as his team gets set to make or break their fans summer.

He said ‘What a way to end the season with our own cup final. Sunday is what football is all about for me. We have shown all season we have the ability and I don’t think we have to prove anything to anyone on that front.

‘What Sunday is all about is holding our nerve. We are at home, the supporters are going to fill the ground and the tension will be turned right up to 100% – but I know everyone will be behind us.

‘It is going to be very difficult but we know what we have to do.’

Jimmy knows his side merited at least a draw against Celtic on Saturday, a point that would have meant the Dons only needed a draw against Rangers unless Hearts beat Killie by more than 3 goals and obviously the Dons boss was shattered to have walked away with nothing.

Calderwood recalled, ‘We played really well on Saturday and I was delighted with the effort and the performance of the players against Celtic. To go to Celtic Park and create as many chances as we did was great and I still cannot believe we came away with nothing.’

Rangers and Kilmarnock will have nothing to play for beside pride but both clubs will surely wish to end the season on a win so therefore two highly competitive matches can be expected.

Killie, perhaps significantly, will also not wish to play host to another teams SPL party after conceding the last minute goal that was enough for Celtic to start their title celebrations and Jim Jeffries side will not allow Hearts an easy game.

Calderwood sat through the Rangers defeat to Kilmarnock to help plan their downfall but he now fears a Walter Smith revenge mission after his side lost their unbeaten SPL record under him.

Calderwood said, ‘I saw the Rangers game on Sunday and I spoke to both Jim Jefferies and Walter Smith after the game. Walter was seething about losing to Kilmarnock and it is fair to say he is not a happy bunny. That doesn’t augur well for us for Sunday, but it means we will need to be at our best to win the game. I am not interested in what Hearts are doing at Kilmarnock as, if we do our job properly, the result at Rugby Park will be irrelevant. There will be no radios near me and I don’t want to be distracted from what we have to do.

‘Come kick-off on Sunday our fate is in our own hands. I am sure Hearts would gladly swap places with us to have the advantage.’



ould you swap places with Hearts? Do you believe they have the better chance?

eckon Killie will put up a fight? Will Rangers be in the mood for another Pittodrie battle? Will referee Craig Thomson be the defining point again as he awards the opposition everything?

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