Former Celtic star Shaun Maloney 'under serious consideration' for Aberdeen job

By John McGinley

March 15, 2021

Former Celtic star Shaun Maloney is ‘under serious consideration’ to become manager of Aberdeen, The Daily Record has reported over the weekend.

The Dons are on the hunt for a new manager after parting ways with Derek McInnes.

Speculation surrounding the vacant position has held interest for Celtic supporters in recent days with Scott Brown said to be a target of the Pittodrie side to become player-coach under Stephen Glass.

And now another of the contenders for a job at Aberdeen will no doubt pique Hoops fans’ interest.

Maloney has previously been discussed as a potential coach at the club he made his name at, working with Belgium manager Roberto Martinez.

Those links have always been fanciful and were part of the initial rush of rumours following Neil Lennon’s exit.

However, Maloney was forced to answer a question on the issue when appearing as a guest on BBC Sportsound. He sidestepped it pretty diplomatically.

I’d be fascinated to see how Maloney would get on in a job as his own man. If he shone at a club like Aberdeen, no doubt links to Celtic wouldn’t be far away at all.

Former Celtic forward Shaun Maloney and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez / (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)

The former attacker was a wonderful little performer for the Hoops in his day, scoring over 50 goals in two spells at the club. His form during the 2005/06 season was particularly impressive, earning player of the year awards as Celtic marched to a league and league cup double.

Now working alongside an elite manager and some of the most high-profile stars in world football, the 38-year-old is definitely a person to watch with regards to management.

In other news, John McGinn has delivered his verdict on Steve Clarke’s links to the Celtic job.