Date: 30th November 2006 at 5:30pm
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Russell Anderson has won his first ever Bank of Scotland Premierleague Player of the Month Award.

He was voted the standout player for his Aberdeen performances in the month of November a judging panel of varied Scottish media and it`s no coincidence that his performances coincide with the Dons push for second as in the four games his team played that month, they only conceded two goals with captain Russell an ever present member of the side.

This accolade can only add fire to rumours of bids coming in for the 28 year old but his boss is delighted anyway and feels Russell is fully deserving of the title.

Jimmy Calderwood said ‘It is fantastic that Russell has got player of the month. I find it hard to believe that he has never won it before. He has been brilliant for me since I came here and is a great player for AFC.

He has grown in stature and there is a real determination about him both in games and in training. His standards are phenomenal and he just loves defending.’

Willie Miller is another admirer of Anderson who has been at Aberdeen since `96 and is aware of the transfer speculation.

Miller has repeatedly said that Aberdeen are not considering letting the Scotland internationalist move anywhere in January and are instead preparing to have talks with their star defender in a bid to extend his contract which expires at the end of next season..

Miller said: ‘Russell has been consistently good for two years now, so it is no surprise he is being linked with moves to the likes of Celtic and it is a compliment to what we are doing.

‘We have had no contact from Celtic, so we are treating what we have heard as speculation.

‘We will talk to Russell as and when we feel it is right about extending his contract, although we feel there is too much going on to do it just now and we must focus on what is happening on the pitch.

‘He has not given me any indication he is unhappy at the club, so we will look at his situation in due course.

‘There will come a time when we will be able to do business with him but we all need to concentrate on football just now.’