Norwich pounce on Whittaker after Scotland defender quits newco Rangers
12:52 GMT, 30 June 2012
Norwich have announced the signing of Scotland defender Steven Whittaker on a four-year deal, subject to international clearance.
The 28-year-old was a free agent having rejected the transfer of his contract to the newco Rangers and he become new manager Chris Hughton's first signing.
Striker Kyle Lafferty has also left Rangers, joining Swiss side FC Sion on a three-year deal.
Whittaker enjoyed a successful five years at Ibrox following a 2million move from Hibernian, winning Scottish Premier League titles, Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups.
On the move: Steven Whittaker rejected a contract offer from newco Rangers
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.
'So the stage of the Premier League is certainly one that won't faze him with his experience.'
Whittaker, who also appeared in Rangers' 2008 UEFA Cup final defeat by Zenit St Petersburg, said: “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.'