Hughton snaps up Scottish star

Chris Hughton has completed his first signing as Norwich manager after sealing a deal for Steven Whittaker.

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The Scottish International was available on a free transfer after rejecting the opportunity to transfer over his contract to Charles Green’s newco Rangers and has signed a four year deal with the Canaries.

The 28 year old former Hibernians defender joined Rangers five seasons ago in a two million deal and claimed all that domestic football in Scotland has to offer winning the SPL title (3 times), the league cup (3) and the Scottish cup (2).

He was also part of the Hibernians side that won the 2007 Scottish league cup.

Speaking of his first signing since taking charge, Hughton told the club’s official website: “In Steven we have a player who is very versatile.

“He can play anywhere across the back four and anywhere across midfield, so there’s plenty of versatility there.

“It’s probably a good time for him. Sometimes it is time to move on to a different club and go there with a lot of enthusiasm and he has international experience too.

“He has of course been used to playing at a very high level when he was at Rangers and in a lot of big games with a passionate crowd behind him.

Whittaker, who has been capped 15 times by Scotland, was looking forward to playing in the Premier League saying “All of my experience to date has been in Scotland so I am really looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Premier League, I’m very excited about it.

“When I spoke to Chris Hughton I was very impressed with his plans to progress Norwich City and everyone I’ve spoken to in the game has had nothing but praise for the club and the city of Norwich.

“I know (midfielder) Simon Lappin from a few years back and of course I know (defender) Russell Martin from Scotland and I am looking forward to meeting up with the squad and the staff.”

“So the stage of the Premier League is certainly one that won’t faze him with his experience.”


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