McLeish not hopeful over Hart

But the Blues boss claims Hart would be “devastated” if he has to
return to Eastlands as the number two keeper. Hart has been in
superb form during his season-long loan with Birmingham and is in
strong contention to be part of England’s World Cup squad. But
McLeish is pessimistic about the chances of Hart returning to St
Andrew’s for another spell next season. He said: “At the moment,
the chances of Joe coming back next season are slim. Manchester
City haven’t made their mind up on the matter. “I’m sure if they
got into the Champions League, they might want to keep Joe. “But,
saying that, he’s a number one goalkeeper now and I know he
wouldn’t be happy sitting on the bench. “That’s something, if
Manchester City decide to keep Joe, that they are going to have to
deal with.” McLeish added: “Joe sees himself very much as a number
one goalie now and it would probably devastate him if he has to sit
on the bench next season. “But he is a Manchester City player and
we have to look at other options.” Maik Taylor is set for a rare
outing when Birmingham visit Eastlands on Sunday as Hart will be
ineligible to face his parent club.