SHAUN MALONEY could be set to end his playing career in order to return to the place where it all started back in 2000.

The former Celtic player who had two stints with the club over his career has been mulling over an Aberdeen contract for sometime after deciding to leave Hull City at the end of last season.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has now indicated the 34-year-old preference would be to retire to a coaching role, given how his body is feeling.

“Shaun has indicated he may look at other options, and that will probably mean not playing again,” McInnes said.

“I’m reluctant to speak too much about it, but we have had indications based on what Shaun feels his physical situation is at the minute that he would probably retire.”

Shaun has been in talks with Celtic to take up a coaching role at Lennoxtown with the younger lads should he decide to hang up his boots.

The prospect of working at Celtic again after coming through the system is a very big pull for the former Scottish International.


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