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HIBERNIAN manager Alex McLeish declared that he will not be held to ransom by any of his contract-seeking squad.

Franck Sauzee, Russell Latapy, Dirk Lehmann, Mixu Paatelainen, Stuart Lovell and Nick Colgan are all seeking new, improved deals, but any talks were suspended until after the winter break.

McLeish is aware that the sextet can talk to teams outside of Scotland, but he is not prepared to break the club's wage structure for anyone.

"No one should be offended by a first offer," McLeish revealed. "And, equally we shouldn`t be walking away in disbelief at players` first demands.

"We are pushing the boat out to limits but there comes a point when the fans have to realise that we cannot go any further if they want stability at the club."