Date: 31st May 2007 at 5:04pm
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The news that Celtic have told Craig Beattie that he is surplus to requirements at Parkhead and will be sold if the right offer comes in is a revelation that is sure to attract Jimmy Calderwood who it`s been said has already made tentative enquiries about the big striker previously.

Gordon Strachan seems more interested in securing Chris Killen from Hibs and a possible swap deal there can`t be ruled out there as John Collins surely would mind the services of a current Scotland international but the sudden news of Beattie`s availability is sure to attract interest from all quarters.

A deal involving West Brom`s Jason Koumas with Beattie going the other way is another possibility and Dundee United are apparently hovering around too.

It has to be said that Aberdeen are merely on the fringes and won`t be one of the major players as any deal is sure to involve big cash or a player swap and until other clubs lose interest, it`s unlikely Beats will be coming our way.

Jimmy would certainly love to add the man who scored Scotland`s winner against Georgia to his roster but wages for a player of his power, speed and goal scoring ability are likely to keep the Dons at bay although he would be likely to gain more than the 22 starts he`s had at Celtic in his four seasons since making the first team breakthrough under Martin O`Neill which is an obvious attraction for him.

Jimmy`s ability to lure Scotland internationalists north could stand him in good stead and Beattie will see the ambition the club has by signing the likes of Jackie McNamara as well as noting Alex McLeish`s interest in many of the Dons current players who have improved to national level under Calderwood.

So there are a few things that make a deal sound possible but in a game where money talks, Craig Beattie wearing the famous red shirt next season is very unlikely.



ould you like Craig Beattie at Pittodrie?

o you think there is any chance of a deal happening?

Answers as always in the Vital Aberdeen Forum please.