McLeish keen to keep veteran Taylor

Taylor, who is out of contract in the summer, has been at St

Andrews since 2003 and has made in excess of 230 appearances for

the club. However, he has featured just once in the Premier League

this season when on-loan keeper Joe Hart was ineligible to face his

parent club Manchester City in November. The Northern Ireland

international recently expressed his frustration at losing his

place to Hart, but confirmed he still wanted to stay at Birmingham.

And Blues boss McLeish is optimistic that a suitable deal can be

agreed to ensure the 38-year-old is part of his squad next year.

“We haven’t sat down to speak yet, but I don’t see any reason why

not,” said McLeish. “Maik is at a cracking level of fitness for a

man of his age. “He’s a dedicated professional and we’ll still need

three goalkeepers, so I don’t see why we can’t agree something with

Maik Taylor for another year.”