Hibs manager Tony Mowbray has confirmed that Celtic counterpart Gordon Strachan has admitted his desire to take Scotland international Gary Caldwell to Parkhead.The Easter Road captain's current deal is due to expire at the end of the season and the player's future is the subject of much speculation. Having intimated his plan to hold talks with the player, Strachan is now expected to snap the 23-year-old up on a pre-contract agreement which will see him make the switch to Glasgow in the summer. Until recently, Mowbray - at least publicly - harboured hopes of convincing the defender to turn down the chance of better money elsewhere to remain in the capital. However, the former Celtic defender has now resigned himself to the departure of his captain and the Old Firm giants now appear in pole position to secure the youngster's signature. But that is unlikely to be until the end of the current campaign, with Hibs holding out for a substantial fee for a player Mowbray has described as 'by far the best football-playing centre-back in Scotland'. He said: 'I had a very brief conversation with Gordon many weeks ago and they were just doing the right thing really. There's a procedure when you want to speak to a player. 'I don't know if it's a done deal - I don't know when or if they have spoken to him, so I don't know. All I know is that they're in their rights to speak to him. 'I would imagine Celtic have got more resources than we have and that they could entice him better than we can. 'I've got no problems with Gary. If he leaves and goes to any other football club I will say 'well done, good luck, I'll be watching out on your career to see how it goes'. 'He's given everything we would want from him while he's been at our club. Mowbray added: 'I think Caldwell is by far the best football-playing centre-back in Scotland and we're delighted to have him. 'Gary is honouring his contract, he's getting on with it and the only reason he will move before his contract expires is if we agree a fee with somebody. 'I'm sure he'll give us everything he's got while he's at this football club.'