Date: 10th September 2006 at 1:22pm
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Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood has played down the impact of Celtic new-boy Thomas Gravesen during the Hoops’ 1-0 win at Pittodrie.

While Celtic fans are signing the praises of Gravesen, or Tommy G as he is quickly becoming known, Calderwood suggested the former Real Madrid star could struggle to adapt to the Scottish game.

Calderwood said: ‘He (Gravesen) was all right but did not win the game for them. I thought Barry Nicholson tracked him well but Scotland is not the easiest place to come.

“‘here have been lots of great players who have come to Scotland, like Trevor Francis and Ray Wilkins, and they had a problem adapting to the game here at first.’

Perhaps Calderwood can be forgiven for being a bit grumpy after the match – his side defended well and it looked as though they were going to win a point – but after the opening minutes, Gravesen quickly looked as though he had been playing for Celtic for years.

While Gravesen played well against the Dons, at least in the eyes of the Celtic fans and most neutrals, the match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday (Sep 13) will give him a chance to show his true quality.