By James Black
Former Rangers goalkeeper coach Jim Stewart has revealed he was ‘hurt’ by the manner of his dismissal after Pedro Caixinha took over.
It was the first time in his long career he had been sacked as he found himself surplus to requirements after Jose Belman’s arrival.
Stewart left the club in March when Caixinha took charge – bringing in his own staff – and the 63-year-old was left annoyed by how the club handled his departure.
“When Mark left Rangers it was always in the back of my mind that the new guy, whoever he was, would bring his own people in,” Stewart said to the Scottish Sun.
“That’s what happened. I never met Caixinha.
“He was appointed, then after the Celtic game in March, I went home and got an email from director Stewart Robertson asking me to come and meet him the following day.
“I knew I wasn’t going in to get a new contract — and it turned out to be a very short conversation between us!
“There might have been a better way of Rangers doing it. I was disappointed. It hurt a wee bit.”
Stewart spent four years at Ibrox as a player between 1980-1984 before returning as part of Walter Smith’s backroom staff in 2007.
During his decade on the backroom team at Ibrox, Stewart worked with goalkeepers like Allan McGregor, Neil Alexander, Cammy Bell and Wes Foderingham.
The twice-capped former ‘keeper linked up again with Mark Warburton and David Weir at Nottingham Forest over the summer.
Stewart has also had spells working with Hearts, Kilmarnock as well as the Scottish national team.