His appointment is a recognition not only of his past contribution to Scotland (40 caps) but of the high regard he has earned in the last two years with Motherwell.
Stuart , quoted on the Scottish FA site said, “I am thrilled to have been asked by Gordon Strachan to join his backroom team. Playing for my country was the highlight of my career and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy World Cup and European Championship finals as a player.
“They hold special memories for me and the Scotland supporters deserve a return to those days. I am proud to be asked to assist with the national team and look forward to working with an excellent squad of players and two outstanding coaches in Gordon and Mark.”
Gordon Strachan added, “In many ways Stuart typified the classic Scotland international player: he was passionate and combative but he was also hugely influential and inspirational. He has done a tremendous job at Motherwell and his knowledge of the game, and especially his knowledge of the Scottish scene, will be invaluable.
“I am excited about working with Mark and Stuart and I am sure the players will benefit from their coaching experience.”
Leeann Dempster gave the club's view, "On behalf of the club, we are delighted that Stuart's success with Motherwell has been recognised by his invitation to join the Scotland National Team coaching staff. We are sure his experiences of international football will complement his excellent contribution to Motherwell's ongoing ambitions.”