Date: 16th February 2007 at 7:26pm
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The benefits of Jimmy Calderwood`s management career beginning in Holland is that he has the lowdown of many of it`s finest exports long before they become the international stars they are usually destined to be.

One example of this is Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink who Jimmy first saw playing at the age of 15 and he has always kept an eye out for him in the faint hope that he should ever fit his meager transfer budgets. Jimmy is again plotting how to control the eleven times capped international and prevent him scoring at Pittodrie as he did to win game the last time the clubs met in the north east.

Calderwood has always acknowledged Jan`s qualities and admitted he`s been an admirer since God was a boy: ‘I’ve known Jan since he played in the under-15 team at Twente alongside my son, Scott.

He was a year younger than my boy but even then was a big awkward customer who knew the way to goal.

I’ve followed his career closely but unfortunately was never in a position to buy him when I was in Holland.

He’s been greatly respected wherever he’s played. I was at his last game for PSV Eindhoven against my old club, Nijmegen. It was like a going away party and the fans paid him a great tribute.

Then he came to Pittodrie and scored his first goal for Celtic so he’s an obvious threat.”However, he’s very different from Henrik Larsson.

He’s not a 40- goals-a- season striker but in an attacking team like Celtic he’ll be good for 25 to 30 every time.’

With all the compliments and accolades given to Jan by Jimmy, Russell Anderson can take much praise that Calderwood is confident that he sees his captain as Jan`s equal and is looking forward to the duel as he builds the contest up like a footballing equivalent of Don King.

He added: ‘I know exactly what big Jan’s capable of but Russell Anderson isn’t too bad either. It should be quite a battle between one of the best centre-forwards and one of the best defenders in the league. The outcome could be pivotal.’

It could well be however that the two don`t meet in this match at all as Celtic are so far ahead in the league that they have the luxury of resting their star men ahead of the AC Milan game if they wish. Calderwood is under no illusion however and knows Celtic will put out a side full of quality no matter who doesn`t start on Saturday.

e said: ‘Gordon could probably afford to rest the team he wants to play against AC Milan and still field a formidable side here. It would be great to have that luxury but I have 19 fit players and if they perform, they are certainly capable of winning.

That’s what we’ll try to do. We don’t have to win this game but we can’t afford to lose it if we want to stay in our position in the SPL.

Defensively, we’ve measured up against Celtic but haven’t done enough attacking wise.

Our record against them here isn’t the best, even before my time, and we’ve got to try to change it”.