Gordon has returned to the capital ahead of the Premier Sports Cup final against Celtic and is said to have met Maloney, who could still be revealed ahead of the Hampden meeting if negotiations are successful before Sunday’s showdown.
The 38-year-old was identified as the preferred candidate for the job earlier this week, with interim boss David Gray in charge of the 1-0 win over Dundee on Tuesday night but later admitting he didn’t know not if it would be. by canoe for the weekend.
The former Hibs captain met general manager Ben Kensell on Wednesday morning and was told he would take the team to the national stadium, aided by Eddie May and Craig Samson.
Gray and Samson’s long-term future is unclear, but the duo are expected to stay on the coaching staff for at least some time after Maloney’s planned appointment.
The former Scottish and Celtic striker is expected to bring with him former East Road defender and Parkhead teammate Gary Caldwell as number 2, but a third coach is also expected to join the team behind the scenes.
Caldwell is currently loan coach at Manchester City, but has had management spells at Chesterfield, Partick Thistle and Wigan.