As we discussed earlier today, Pedro Caixinha has wasted no time in making bold decisions at Ibrox. He’s axed long serving goalkeeping coach and former player Jim Stewart in a shake up of the club’s backroom staff.
Stewart has been at the club for over 10 years, part of Walter Smith’s staff when the managerial legend returned to the club in 2007.
He’s played a key role in shaping the Ibrox career of players like Allan McGregor and Wes Foderingham. The 63-year old has also shown incredible loyalty in staying with the club through some dark years in the lower leagues of Scottish football, at a time he probably could’ve left.
Still, football is a ruthless game and in order to bring the club to the next level, Caixinha is going to have to put his own stamp on the footballing staff at Auchenhowie.
Whether it’s a mistake or not time will tell, but the news certainly hasn’t been very well received amongst Rangers supporters who feel he still had something to offer their team.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the news…
Absolutely gutted for Jim Stewart man doesn't deserve to be axed after everything he done and he could have left but he didn't.
— Nathan Aitken (@1872Nath) March 15, 2017
Wishing Rangers goalkeeping guru Jim Stewart all the best for the future,a fantastic servant to the club ???????????? #SafeHands ✋⚽
— Darren Irvine (@dirvine1978) March 15, 2017
Sad to see big Jim Stewart go. He has to take a lot of credit for the development of Allan McGregor and Wes Foderingham in recent times.
— Jamie (@jamiecurrie89) March 15, 2017
Sad to see Jim Stewart leaving, always seen the passion from him any time the bears scored! Interesting to see what Pedro has planned!
— The Gary Clark Loyal (@GaryClarkLoyal) March 15, 2017
Thanks Jim Stewart for all your service to @RangersFC a total professional who has helped mould some of the clubs best keepers ????????????
— Forza Papac (@ForzaPapac) March 15, 2017
— TOMMY BONNAR (@TOMMYBONNAR) March 15, 2017
Would be a shame to see Jim Stewart leave. Highly rated and has undoubtedly improved Wes over the last 18 months.
— Andy McKellar (@AMcKellar89) March 15, 2017
Excited about Caixinha appointment but absolutely gutted Jim Stewart is leaving. Think that's a mistake ????
— Kyle Macrae (@KyleMacrae1) March 15, 2017