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STEVEN WHITTAKER
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  • STEVEN WHITTAKER
  • DEFENDER

UPDATED 10:53 16th July 2012

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CITY announced the signing of 28-year-old Scottish international defender Steven Whittaker on a four-year deal in the summer 2012.

He began his career with Scottish side Hibernian and made his debut in a 1-0 win over St Johnstone on May 12, 2002.

The 6ft 1in Whittaker went on to make over league 140 appearances for Hibs after establishing himself on the right side of their defence - impressing then Rangers manager Walter Smith enough to earn a £2M move to Ibrox.

He scored on his Rangers debut in a 7-2 thrashing of Falkirk in the SPL on August 18, 2007, and went on to score 28 goals in over 200 games - including 11 in the 2009-10 season.

Whittaker's time in Scotland, particularly with Rangers, has proved to be successful for the Edinburgh born defender. He has won three Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish Cups, and three Scottish League Cups with the Gers, as well as another League Cup triumph with Hibernian in 2007.

The defender also appeared for Rangers in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, which ended in a late 2-0 defeat to Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

In the run up to the final, Whittaker scored a memorable goal against Sporting Lisbon in the quarters, picking up the ball in his own half and producing a wonderful finish to seal a semi-final place - one of many spectacular strikes in his time at Ibrox. 


After picking up an ankle injury in his first pre-season with City, he made his belated competitive debut in the Capital One Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur in late October.


He went on to feature 14 times for Chris Hughton's side, scoring a Goal of the Season contender in the thrilling 4-3 win at Swansea City in December. 


Whittaker fought with international teammate Russell Martin for the right-back berth throughout the 2013-14 season, making 25 appearances in all competitions and scoring twice, including a fine strike in the 2-2 draw with Everton on the opening day of the season at Carrow Road. 


With Martin moving into the centre of defence for the 2014-15 campaign, Whittaker established himself as first-choice at right-back under both Neil Adams and Alex Neil, playing 43 times in all competitions.

Following the close of the 2015-16 season, Whittaker signed a fresh a one-year deal with the Canaries to further prolong his stay in Norfolk.

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