Ex-Rangers star misses out, club pay compensation to land new manager
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Ex-Rangers star misses out, club pay compensation to land new manager

Ex-Rangers player Steven Naismith has missed out on the St Mirren job, with Stephen Robinson confirmed as the Paisley club’s new manager on Tuesday morning.

Naismith made over 100 appearances for and won multiple trophies with the Gers between 2007 and 2012 but was widely criticised by supporters for his comments after opting to leave the club.

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After playing for Everton and Norwich City, he’s been back in Scotland with Hearts since 2018, in a number of different roles.

He played for and captained the Edinburgh club before retiring and becoming their football development manager and more recently, U18 head coach.

He’s also carried out coaching duties within Steve Clarke’s Scotland setup.

Over the weekend, he was linked with the St Mirren manager’s job after Jim Goodwin left for Aberdeen, with his former Old Firm rival Scott Brown also linked [Scottish Sun].

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson then stated that Naismith ‘had a decision to make’ in terms of whether or not he would speak to the Premiership club.

Ex-Rangers forward Naismith misses out on St Mirren job

However, in the end, they went for ex-Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson, paying compensation to EFL League One club Morecambe to land him on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

“It’s an absolute honour that St Mirren have come in and were willing to pay the compensation,” said Robinson [Stmirren.com]. “It came out of the blue and when I spoke to the guys at the club it really impressed me what they are trying to do.”

“We spoke in-depth about where we can take the club and there’s real exciting times ahead. 

“With the foundations that have already been built by Jim [Goodwin] it’s up to me to take them on and build on what’s already been done.”

Rangers don’t face St Mirren again until the final match before the split.

By that point, any honeymoon period is likely to be over for Robinson but he will have had time to get across his ideas to the squad.

The Gers won 2-1 in Paisley in October and then triumphed 2-0 over the Buddies at Ibrox on Boxing Day.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund have been dealt a significant injury blow ahead of Thursday’s Europa League knockout playoff second leg against Rangers.

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