Strachan confirms Caldwell talks
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gordon Strachan has confirmed his interest in Hibernian defender Gary Caldwell.Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has confirmed his interest in Hibernian defender Gary Caldwell.
Hibs chief Tony Mowbray revealed earlier this week he was aware of Celtic's interest in the Scottish international.
Strachan admitted he had held talks with the player and that a deal could happen at the end of the season.
"I have spoken to him, but I don't know the answer yet," said Strachan.
"We have spoken to Hibs two or three times before we spoke to Caldwell and, hopefully, we got on all right and we will take it from there.
"If we do something, then that will be for the summer."
Celtic have also been linked with moves for Chelsea's Wayne Bridge and Dundee United's Mark Wilson, but Strachan was remaining coy on the duo.
"I can't comment on players who are involved with their particular clubs in the future, and the same applies to Wayne Bridge," added Strachan.
Strachan also revealed that there had been a break in contract talks with Stilian Petrov, but he is not worried about the Bulgarian's future.
A number of Premiership clubs are thought to be lining up a move for Petrov, but Strachan insists the key midfielder is going nowhere.
"There's been a break in the talks and Stilian has made that decision and I haven't seen any man happier," said Strachan.
"He's training and buzzing and if we do anything then we will try to do that in private.
"Everybody has been getting bored with the stories and speculation and Stilian has been getting bored of it and now he has a clear mind.
"He's not going anywhere and we don't understand why people think the worst when we decide to stop or break contract negotiations.
"I'm delighted and he's really happy with life at the moment."
Another player who could be staying at Parkhead is Chinese defender Du Wei despite the player being widely criticised for his performance in the Scottish Cup embarrassment to Clyde.
Du Wei is currently on a short-term deal from Shanghai Shensua, but Celtic have a clause in his contract allowing them to cancel the deal in January.
However, Strachan insists he is looking at extending the China international's deal.
"It wasn't just Du Wei, it was the whole back four that were not at their best," said Strachan.
"We are looking at an extension to the period until the summer. It that can be worked out then there's a chance we will buy him then."