Last season saw some turmoil at the club, with long serving manager Derek McInnes departing after almost 8 years in charge. The campaign was defined by misfiring forwards and a long goal drought in the second half of the campaign. Despite this, the club managed a respectable 4th place finish.
New manager Glass has limited experience and it's doubtful he has the ability to make his time at the club successful. He is supported by newly acquired player/assistant Scott Brown, who again lacks managerial experience, but has plenty of leadership ability.
A revamped forward line could complete the Aberdeen squad. Emmanuel-Thomas, who performed well for Livingston last season, and ex-MLS player Ramirez are both exciting players and could form a solid partnership.
The core of last season's solid defence remain, providing a strong base for the team to build on, while quality additions like Gallagher and Gurr add depth and should improve this already strong area. Wingers Hedges and Hayes could improve with better forward outlets.
Early signs are positive, with a strong 5-1 win over BK Hacken in Europe, although the team have again struggled to score in pre-season games. The key to success could be carrying confidence and varied forward play through the campaign.
After finishing way adrift of top 3 last time out, Aberdeen will want to go one better and finish 3rd, as well as enjoying a cup run. Beating Hibs to 3rd place may be a bridge too far for a changing team, but strong cup campaigns could provide a solid foundation.