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Long-time Rangers coach could be set for exit as Pedro Caixinha begins coaching overhaul

Not superb news, here.

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Jim Stewart looks like he could be set to end his ten-year spell as Rangers goalkeeping coach, according to the Scottish Sun.

Initial reports suggested that Pedro Caixinha wanted to bring in his own trusted man, Jose Belman, to take over the role, but that was rubbished in other outlets. Now, however, the Sun say that is in fact likely to be the case.

Belman will be one of four coaches arriving, along with Caixinha's old assistant Helder Baptista, fitness coach Pedro Malta, and an undecided 'local' coach with connections to Scotland and the club.

This isn't great news, to be honest. It doesn't really make sense if we're going for a more stable structure to get rid of a very good goalkeeping coach who has been doing his job very well. We've always had good goalkeepers, as have Scotland, and Stewart's work has to be credited there. Wes Foderingham has vastly improved since he came into the team, which is surely testament to the good work he's doing. Getting in a new coach would be a completely pointless gamble, and goalkeepers tend to be very close to their coaches, so we also risk upsetting one of our best players.

Still, it's also difficult to say no, as we have to back Caixinha. We'd be very reluctant to let Stewart go, but unfortunately it looks like we might have to.

UPDATE: It turns out this story is so exclusive that it's doubly-exclusive, appearing in the Record tomorrow as well.