Defender Steven Whittaker admits he may have to curb his goalscoring instincts with Norwich City – but still hopes to launch the occasional raid from full-back.

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The Scotland international scored 11 times in one season with Glasgow Rangers back in 2009-10, and added another seven in the next campaign.

He totalled 28 goals in 207 senior appearances during his five years with the club, so there is nothing wrong with his eye for goal – or his maths.

“I looked the other day and I think it was 28,” said new manager Chris Hughton’s first summer signing. “I had a very successful scoring season two years ago when I scored 11 from full-back, which was good, but I think this is going to be different in the fact that at Rangers, we attacked the majority of the games, we were the top team in that league and we had a licence to go forward.

“Here it’s going to be tougher opposition, better players, but I hope I can still get a little cameo going forward and if I can score goals that will be great.”

Just where Whittaker features in Hughton’s Premier League formation could determine how much scope there is to attack, but his versatility was one thing that appealed to the City boss.

“I’ve played all across the back four and all across the midfield for Rangers, so whatever is put my way I’ll try to adapt to it the best I can,” he said. “I’m predominantly a full-back but in my younger days I played in midfield, so I still remember the times and wherever I’m asked to play I’ll always give 100 per cent.”

There is at least one familiar face in the City squad in Scotland team-mate Russell Martin, but Whittaker does not necessarily see them vying for one position in defence.

He said: “Russ is quite versatile as well and can play along the back four, so there’s nothing to stop us playing in the same team. I know Russ from my time with the Scotland squad. He’s been great since I got here so I’m looking forward to playing with him and the rest of the squad.”

Hughton believes Whittaker’s experience means he should make a smooth transition from the Scottish Premier League to the English equivalent.

“Steven’s a player of vast experience who can play in a few positions and is used to playing at the top level,” said Hughton. “He’s certainly used to playing in big stadiums and with the quality games he has played at international level and at Rangers, he’s a player that certainly is used to the big atmosphere. It was the quality of the player, his experience and adaptability.

“He won’t be fazed by anything the Premier League holds even though it is his first foray into this division. The fact he can play in a few positions is always valuable to a manager. I think it gives us options and him options.

“It’s an exciting time for him – 28 years of age. He might be a player that ends up having a very long career but certainly at 28 you are starting to approach what you regard as your peak, even though he’s a very fit lad and could possibly go on for many more years.

“It’s an exciting prospect for him to come here and experience a different club. He’s been at Rangers a long time and has been in Scottish football all his life.”

21 comments

  • I think that Whitaker is from Edinburgh. A lot of true Scots think that is a part of England anyway

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • The way things are going for Rangers there might be a few more players heading south.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • The Romanian international Dorin Goian the Rangers centre back would be a tasty buy.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • I still don't think there'll be any real problems with Whittaker officially joining us. I agree that he is cover for anywhere across the back-four and potentially a starter at right-back, but if he covers CB or LB then we'll need another RB if Russ doesn't play there. I would totally spend the £4m or so on Naughts as he was great and can also play LB if needed. Has the pace for the Prem and fits our style. Plus he can hit a shot! We've only signed 2 free transfers and neither were on Prem wages to start with so we should have decent transfer money left for a few signings!

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    YorkCanary

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • What with Kafu McMartin & Whittaker we`ll soon be in no need of strikers, like Spain! We are in danger of losing our "most English" status though, 2 new recruits: 1 Scot, 1 Yorkshireman. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Hi, Swiss. I suppose it`s understandable that KN would want to make the grade with Spurs. Isn`t he in direct competition with his old pal Kyle Walker for the RB spot though? As you say, £4m isn`t a big dent in the fund, unless his wage expectations are out of kilter. I suppose if Spurs want to keep him, then his "asking price" is only a putative valuation? Wouldn`t he be a great signing, though.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Easy Brewer, I'm Norwich-born and lived there until I was 10, but there's 'nowt' wrong with a bit of Yorkshire! ;-) Though admittedly I'm in North Yorkshire, which tends to be much more civilized!:-P I'm getting more excited about Whittaker signing - I think he'll work well with Elliott who tracks back very well. Could cause problems for the opposition. Exciting times! Still need a left-back I'd imagine and possibly a striker to replace Wilby (if Martin leaves)

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    YorkCanary

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Ah Brewer.. Grosmont, Goathland & Pickering have been graced by my family's presence many a time - admittedly it's because my in-laws (Yorkshire born & bred like my wife) introduced me to these wonderful places! Naturally, our 2yr old son is picking up a North Yorkshire twang, but he runs around in a Norwich shirt as is only right! York isn't a bad 2nd team though:P

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    YorkCanary

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Naughton has a great season with us, and is a quality player, but 25-30% of the total 'war chest' is a lot to spend on a full back. I think Whitaker is the replacement. Still need a couple more in at the back. What's the latest with Tierney?

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • It's been reported in the press up here today that the SFA has refused to release the papers for one of the Rangers players who's moved to the PL, so it's being referred to FIFA. Report said it was thought to be either Whittaker or Jamie Ness, who's moved to Stoke. A potential snag!

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    Tartan Canary

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • You`ve hit the nail on the head again, Kent Anglian. I live in hope that the Financial Fair Play initiative may result in an evolutionary process whereby football becomes sensible again. Though I doubt I`ll live long enough to see it come to fruition! It`s easy to be partisan, Yellow & Green specs and all that, but there is no way Holty would not have brought more to the England squad than Carroll did. Brains, for a start. Penalty taking, too. The big clubs` money and influence have a corrupting effect on the game. Apropos of nothing, well done "Psycho" for excluding the Beckham Circus from the Sebco-limp-ics. Not too late to be coerced into a U-turn, though. Only takes an "injury" to one of the 3 overage players........ Seem to remember the Wally with the Brolly having to backtrack.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • am i the only person that thought that england played the worst football in the euros?with the system they used i think even holty would have had very few chances to score.they coudnt string two passes to-gether.city would have run rings round them.

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    bluelight

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • ethered 3 times in a row - epic

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    YorkCanary

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • SFA will not want to act alone but will pass the buck.Whitaker's transfer was announced as subject to international clearance. I would imagine that is what is happening.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • No real offence intended, YorkCanary! I have spent some great holidays in North Yorkshire when my kids were young. Rosedale Abbey. There was a pub in Cropton with a little brewery in it. Railway from Pickering to Grosmont via Goathland.Happy days. Oh, footy! Yes, like you I wish we could keep "Grasshopper" Naughton. Class act, can only get classier. Ref Whittaker, he seems to be fairly equally comfortable with right or left foot. So he could be the cover (replacement) for Mad Marc or at CB. Naughton would be a sublime signing. I`m sure he`d have more fun with Norwich than at AV. Hughton smiles! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Kyle Naughton's asking price is £4M, only a small dent in the war-chest. Plenty of tabloid opinion about him going to AV a month ago but nothing since then and his Twitter account is more concerned with Sunday lunch at his mum's. The main obstacle seems to be that Spurs want him and my opinion remains that AVB will be reviewing his players in training before making a decision, he seems to want to stay at WHL.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • I worked in Edinburgh for a couple of years, Pondy, @ Drybrough`s brewery. Shared a flat on Craigmillar Park with a PhD student from Edinburgh Uni, also English. Our landlady was a very posh Morningside lady. She used to say "It`s so good to be English, isn`t it?" You know Morningside, it`s where they think sex is something coal is delivered in. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Is Whittaker Hughtons replacement for Naughton?

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    Algarve Canary

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • I would still love to see us go for Naughts, but I imagine Lambert will be after him too. I guess it depends on what AVB has in store for him - doubt he'll want him though. Probably wants some Portuguese replacement!

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    YorkCanary

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • It was a great shame about Holt not going to the Euro's. He was definitely more deserving of a place than Carroll but we might still have a representation for our little island: I hear Ryan Bennett is on the standby list for the Olympics.

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    CovCanary

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • I think that it is brilliant that we are developing British players, mainly brought in at reasonable cost from the lower leagues, and it would be great if this was recognised more by the international managers. Picking Andy Carroll over Grant Holt for the Euros, based on two reasonable games at the end of the season, was a joke and certainly backfired on England.

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    Kent Anglian

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

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