Joe Hart could miss out on an FA Cup Final appearance but is in no doubt where his allegiance lies if Birmingham City meet Manchester City in the Wembley showpiece.

The goalkeeper, who is on a season-long loan at Birmingham from Eastlands, could miss the final after the sides were kept apart in the FA Cup quarter-final draw.

And he accepts it will be Maik Taylor and not himself who will be between the posts should the Blues reach the final and meet his parent club.

The 22-year-old said: "How would you feel if you missed out on the final?

"All the lads have given banter about it but my personal feeling is 'I knew the script at the start of the season'. That's football. It was all agreed at the start of the season.

"Which team would I go down to the final with? Birmingham City, of course.

"That's the team I am with this year so I'd be 100% behind them."

Birmingham travel to Portsmouth in the last eight while Manchester City will visit Chelsea if they win their replay against Stoke.

"People ask me if it is a nightmare scenario for Man City to still be in the cup but that's not the case at all," added Hart. "I wish them all the best but I want Birmingham to get there and, whatever happens, will happen.

"It is not like it will be a debatable topic. It would be great for Maik Taylor to come in if we do play Man City. I am sure it would be a great game and I'd be supporting from the side."

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has told chief executive Michael Dunford to step up attempts to keep Hart at St Andrew's for at least another season.

In an ideal world McLeish would like to make the move permanent for a player who would be reluctant to go back to Eastlands as a number two to Shay Given after tasting regular top flight.

But he would be content if Birmingham can keep Hart for an additional 12 months.

"We spoke to City a couple of months ago," said McLeish. "Joe has had no contact from them and we've had no contact.

"But I know I've put into the system that our chief executive (Dunford) should be talking to City about next season.

"If I can't get Hart permanently, would I settle for another loan season? Yes.

"We have ironed out a few rough edges and I hope City recognise that and give us a bit of good will for next season - if you are listening Man City.

"Sometimes you can learn under different coaches and maybe do things different ways.

"We'd like to think we have definitely improved Joe with some of the stuff we have worked on."