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.