Date: 20th February 2007 at 7:54am
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Rumours floating around are that Aberdeen right-back Michael Hart will be the subject of a transfer bid by Celtic as the hoops look to find a solution for the position in their team.

immy Calderwood won`t welcome any bid but he knows it`s deserved as Hart has been very consistent defensively and has got down the wing to set up a few goals for his club too. This has prompted Jimmy to bend Alex McLeish`s ear about a possible Scotland for the 27 year old ex-Livingston defender.

He said: ‘We’ve had nothing official from Celtic but I’m sure they, along with several other top clubs, have been watching Michael. He’s been outstanding the last couple of seasons.

No one he’s faced has caused him too much trouble – including McGeady at Celtic, Riordan when he was with Hibs and Lovenkrands during his time at Rangers.

His attacking play can let him down a bit but it’s improved recently and he has pace to burn.

If someone gets beyond him he has the speed to catch them nine times out of 10 and I mentioned that to Alex McLeish at Broadwood the other week.

There aren’t many slow players at international level these days and I’m sure Michael could cope with the demands.

There’s no way I want to lose a player of his ability so getting him signed on a long-term contract earlier this season was good timing.

But while he’s not for sale I can’t stop this sort of speculation.’

One man looking to be on his way out in the summer is Gary Dempsey as English League One side Yeovil Town are able to offer him more money in what is a very sad indictment of Scottish football .

Jimmy would like to keep the Irishman but cannot confirm if he`ll be able to put together a lucrative enough package to tempt Dempsey to stay: ‘We’ll try to put an offer together to keep him but I don’t know if it’ll be enough.’