Calderwood quiet on Hibs link

Former Dons chief not thought about Hibs role

Calderwood: Coy on Hibs talk

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Jimmy Calderwood admits he is in the dark over rumours linking him with the vacant manager's job at Hibernian.

Mixu Paatelainen surprisingly quit Easter Road on Friday after just over a year in the job leaving a vacancy to be filled.

Calderwood, who left Aberdeen after the final game of the season last weekend, has been mentioned as a possible successor to Paatelainen, but Calderwood insists he has not even thought about taking over at Hibs.

"I've not thought anything about that. I don't know who's thrown my name in," said Calderwood when asked about the possibility of moving to Hibs.

Asked if we was keen for an immediate return to the game, he added: "I've not really thought about it.

"I'm sure I'll start getting itchy feet when all the games start but at the moment I'm having a holiday and we'll see what comes."

Shocked

Meanwhile, Hibs midfielder John Rankin says Paatelainen's resignation had come as a "bolt from the blue".

The Finn announced his decision to step down despite leading Hibs into the top six of the SPL for the second season running and Rakin was shocked by the news of his departure.

"This has blown me away," Rankin told the Scottish Sun. "I don't know where this decision has come from and it's a major surprise to me.

"There was a lot of optimism because of the way we finished the season. We drew with both halves of the Old Firm and beat Hearts at Tynecastle.

"That showed there was potential, depth in the squad and everyone was looking to kick on from that.

"I am very sorry to see Mixu go. He had enough faith in me to bring me to Hibs and I will always be grateful to him for that."