The rise of Greg Stewart since being told by Rangers he wasn’t good enough has been impressive.

The Kilmarnock attacker will line up at Ibrox tonight looking for his first ever win there. Indeed, Stewart has never managed to succeed in any of his previous visits with Dundee or Aberdeen respectively.

It may or may not be something that sticks in his throat, but his rejection from Rangers will give him plenty of motivation. The youngster was released at Ibrox all the way back in 2003 when he was just 13 years old. He was told back then he wasn’t good enough, and has been proving people wrong ever since.

Greg Stewart’s first big break came at Dundee (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

His career afterwards took him to Hearts. There, he spent several years of his youth career before once more being given the chop. It looked bleak for Stewart at that stage. He had his chance at two different Scottish Premier League clubs and failed to make an impression. In typical fashion, he was released for being too small.


You would think that would’ve been enough for him to lose the appetite for the game. Instead, he continued to train with both Falkirk and Stirling Albion before making the drop down to Syngenta Amateurs.

The recovery

Three years with the junior side was enough for him to make an impression to get back into the senior game with Cowdenbeath in 2010. What an impact he was to make there, finishing his first season as the club’s top goalscorer and firing in 39 goals in nearly 140 appearances.

It was at that point that Stewart received his biggest break in football – signing for Dundee in the Scottish Premiership. Finally, after seven years of hard work at both junior level and the lower leagues, Stewart found a route into the big-time.

It was here where he made his most productive mark in Scottish football. Becoming a key figure for the Dees in a two-year stint, Stewart scored plenty of big goals to keep the club in the Premier League. He netted 32 times in 94 appearances at Dens Park.

For a player just coming up from the lower leagues, it was a heck of an impact. This even led to rumours of a potential return to Ibrox once more, but nothing ever came of it.

Stewart didn’t have much luck at Aberdeen (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Ready to prove people wrong

Instead, after two years wowing Dundee supporters down the flanks, Stewart made a big-money move to Birmingham City. 21 appearances with no goals and no impact was the story of his time down in England. A failed spell on loan at Aberdeen stalled his career also.

Now, he finds himself back in the top flight featuring on a weekly basis for Kilmarnock. The Rangers reject will be back at Ibrox tonight looking to continue his knack of proving his doubters wrong.

He’ll start alongside Eamonn Brophy most likely, and Rangers have to be wary of the pair’s threat. Nobody can say Rangers weren’t right to say he wasn’t good enough for the club, but Stewart deserves credit for a lovely comeback story.


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