Steven Whittaker joins Scottish Premiership side Hibernian on three-year deal after being released by Norwich City

Steven Whittaker celebrates at Wembley after setting up Nathan Redmond to put Norwich 2-0 up against

Steven Whittaker celebrates at Wembley after setting up Nathan Redmond to put Norwich 2-0 up against Middlesbrough in City's Championship play-off final success of May 2015. The defender has joined Hibs after being released by the Canaries. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Hibs have handed Steven Whittaker a three-year deal following his release by Norwich City.

The Scotland international right-back made 15 appearances in all competitions for City last season after having the one-year option in his contract triggered last summer.

The 33-year-old joined the Canaries after leaving Rangers amid the Glasgow giants’ financial meltdown in 2012 and went on to score seven goals in 106 games.

Whittaker watched his new team-mates beat Montrose 3-0 in the first competitive game of their season, in the Betfred Cup, with Hibs boss Neil Lennon saying afterwards: “Steven is a great signing for us.

“He’s a model pro and brings quality and experience. He’s had a fantastic career up until now and there’s no question he’ll make us better.

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“He’s 33 and players play longer now. He looks after himself and is in great condition and in pre-season he’s looked fine running-wise so three years is no problem.”

Whittaker started his career with the Edinburgh club, making 173 appearances between 2002 and 2007, joining Rangers after helping the club win the League Cup.

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Lennon is preparing his team for top-flight football after winning the Scottish Championship title last season, with Canaries legend Grant Holt having been a regular of that team before being released at the end of his contract.

Whittaker, speaking to Hibs’ website, said: “I am delighted to be back at Hibernian. When I decided to return to Scotland, Hibernian was the club I hoped to come to.

“While the discussions have taken a while, they have always been positive and I am very pleased to be back playing at Easter Road for the Hibernian fans, and I hope I can play my part in ensuring a successful return to the top flight.”

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