Former Celtic defender Steven Pressley "would fancy" Aberdeen job

By Euan Davidson

March 11, 2021

Former Celtic defender Steven Pressley has put himself in the running for the vacant Aberdeen job.

Derek McInnes left the Dons on Monday after an 8-year spell which yielded second-place finishes and a League Cup in 2014 [The Guardian]. McInnes was once linked with the Rangers job. However, recent results in the North East have seen Aberdeen look in a different direction.

With Shaun Maloney and Stephen Glass linked [Not the Old Firm], Pressley has made it obvious he wants to be considered. Speaking with The Essential Scottish Football Podcast, Pressley said:

“I would fancy the Aberdeen job, of course.

“I have said on a number of occasions I was an Aberdeen supporter growing up.

“It’s a club that’s got very good young players which has been very prominent in my managerial tenures, developing young players, developing a young, energetic squad.

“They have a terrific support and you can create an intensity in the stadium. Of course it’s a job I would very much consider and one I think I would be suited for. It’s a really exciting opportunity for somebody.”

Steven Pressley making his Bhoys bow / (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Another former Celt joins Dons hunt, does Steven Pressley have a shot?

Yesterday, we argued that John Kennedy might well fancy his chances. While he’d be an unpopular long-term solution at Celtic, the Bhoys’ interim manager would represent an educated gamble elsewhere in the Scottish top-flight.

Pressley, meanwhile, who won two league titles with Celtic, has had a mixed record as a manager. His last spell was with Carlisle, lasting just 41 matches [Transfermarkt]. The Elgin-born ex-Scotland international’s best stint was a three-year stay at Falkirk, where he averaged 1.54 points per match.

While certainly not the most fashionable choice, the 47-year-old has a fairly decent shot. In his interview with the Essential Scottish Football Podcast, he expanded on the “DNA” of the club, espousing Aberdeen values. That kind of talk holds weight with certain chairpersons.

Pressley continued:

“Dave has come in and might have his own ideas and the type of manager that he is looking at.

“I believe a parting of the ways was inevitable because Dave Cormack is looking for a different type of manager – one that fits his DNA.”

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