Rumours have started to swirl over the vacant Aberdeen manager role, with ex-Don Stephen Glass and former Celtic star Shaun Maloney linked with the position.

Derek McInnes left Pittodrie earlier this week after eight years as Dons manager. The north-east club joined Celtic, Livingston, Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Ross County as clubs to change manager this season.

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Leaving Pittodrie. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McInnes arrived at Aberdeen in 2013 and guided them to League Cup success in 2014. Silverware has alluded them since but the 49-year-old leaves Pittodrie in a much better place for four second-place finishes, multiple cup final appearances and millions in player sales.

A new era awaits and plenty of names from the UK and abroad have already been linked. One notable suggestion is Stephen Glass, a member of the club’s 1995 League Cup winning squad, which was Aberdeen’s last major honour before 2014.

He is currently the reserve team manager at MLS side Atlanta United, who the Dons are partnered with through chairman Dave Cormack. Glass took interim charge of the American club last year and is close friends with Cormack.

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Glass could return. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Another linked is Shaun Maloney. The former midfielder is well known for spells as a player at Celtic but has already been tipped as a future manager. He is currently a coach with the Belgium national team, working alongside former Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

Maloney has also been linked with the vacant manager role at Celtic Park but has been coy over links to this job. Paul Sheerin, Neil Simpson and Barry Robson will manage Aberdeen an interim basis until the end of the season.

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