The Scottish press are inevitably discussing former Celtic captains Paul Lambert and Neil Lennon as potential options for Aberdeen after the sacking of manager Jim Goodwin tonight.

The Press & Journal say the duo have been installed as early frontrunners by bookmakers, while their names appear on speculative lists of potential Pittodrie bosses drawn up by multiple other mainstream outlets.

At this stage, there haven’t been any firm or sourced reports about the direction Aberdeen want to go in now after a disastrous week that resulted in a humiliating defeat to Darvel and a heavy 6-0 loss against Hibs today at Easter Road. It’s all just chatter.

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However, Paul Lambert recently said in an interview with Glasgow Live that he was ready to re-enter the managerial game after leaving Ipswich Town all the way back in February 2021.

He stated he’s recently been attending different training grounds around Europe to learn from other managers, while also completing a UEFA pro license refresher course to get back on track.

Neil Lennon, meanwhile, is also out of work after leaving Cypriot side Omonia back in October. He won the national cup competition with the club and guided them to the group stages of the UEFA Europa League as an unfancied side in qualifying.

Whether Aberdeen are interested in either remains to be seen.

Regardless of who takes charge, the entire situation must be a difficult one for Celtic loanee Liam Scales, who joined Aberdeen on a temporary deal last summer. He was heavily fancied by Goodwin, who regularly talked up his qualities and desire to make his move permanent.

Unfortunately, it’s the Dons’ defence under fire most of all at the moment. Scales both conceded a penalty and was sent off in today’s calamity against Hibernian, which won’t help his reputation with an angry supporter base.

Whether a new manager will work with the 24-year-old or move on to other options is also an uncertainty. He’s unlikely to get game time at Celtic, so it could be a pivotal few days for the Irishman ahead of the January transfer window closing.

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