Date: 27th February 2007 at 3:45pm
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Jimmy Calderwood has a wish list of players he would love to see at the club. Until he is totally clear of his budget for next season and the personnel who are leaving to release wage fees, he cannot pursue or woo anyone to Pittodrie yet.

Jimmy is clearly after some exciting attacking talent as his failed bid to bring in Alan Gow proved as he believes fast, imaginative football could hold the key to swelling the Pittodrie gates on match day.

Jimmy said ‘I have an idea of players we would like to bring to the club but I haven’t spoken to anyone. The budget relates to attendance and when the numbers are down, as they have been, it means we might not get the players we want.

‘We haven’t achieved anything this season yet but we have been decent. People have complained in the past that the product on the park isn’t good enough to merit increased attendances but I think we have been very consistent.

‘You don’t get to the position we’re in, or even win leagues in Celtic’s case, by playing good football all the time.

‘You aspire to that but it isn’t always easy, especially if the opposition sits in.

‘The creative players who can make a difference are very difficult to get hold of, especially when they are being offered very good money by some of the English clubs or the Old Firm.

‘We spoke to Alan Gow at Falkirk but he has chosen Rangers. He was good enough to call me back afterwards and thank me for our talk and I look forward to seeing him on Saturday when we’re at Falkirk.

‘He is the type of creative player we are looking at but they are in short supply. Fortunately, we have Jamie Smith signed up on a long-term contract, so we do have that spark in our squad.’

One player Jimmy is welcoming back into the fold is Zander Diamond who, despite not having any match practice due to the reserve match against Rangers at Broadwood being cancelled, is fit and available for selection. His captain Russell Anderson looks also to have shook off a knock and should play against Falkirk.

Craig Brewster and Jamie Smith are not quite ready for first team action and are both still being gently nursed back to fitness to prevent reoccurring injuries and Richie Byrne will rejoin the squad next week.