Hibernian boss Colin Calderwood does not believe that Derek Riordan is preparing for his final game for the club.
The striker is set to see his contract at Easter Road expire at the end of the season, meaning Saturday's SPL clash with Aberdeen could be his last for Hibs.
Calderwood, who has already deemed the likes of Colin Nish and John Rankin to be surplus to requirements, has repeatedly said 28-year-old Riordan's future will be determined at the end of the season.
Asked if Saturday's match will be Riordan's last in a Hibs shirt, Calderwood said: "I don't know.
"He's always going to be a Hibernian favourite and I don't see this being the last game in his Hibernian career."
Calderwood praised the ability of Riordan, who is the third highest scorer in the history of the SPL, but would not be drawn on whether the Scotland international would play under him next season.
The Hibs boss plans to have talks with Riordan and his agent next week, and added: "I think he'll play for Hibernian again.
"At some point I think he will leave, but I know that he'll be back because this is his club.
"(He is a) terrific player, outstanding footballer and he's got more than what he has showed.
"He's got a level he can play at that is beyond what even he knows he can do.
"He gives his all, he wears his heart on his sleeve when he plays for Hibernian."
Calderwood hopes goalkeeper Graham Stack, who is out with a shoulder injury, and midfielder Liam Miller will agree terms to stay on at Easter Road, but Ricardo Vaz Te joined on a short-term deal in February and his future remains unclear.