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Steven Whittaker
Personal information
Full name Steven Gordon Whittaker
Date of birth 16 June 1984 (1984-06-16) (age 25)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Rangers
Number 16
Youth career
2000–2002 Hibernian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Hibernian 141 (4)
2007– Rangers 79 (13)
National team
2004–2006 Scotland U21 18 (1)
2006–2007 Scotland B 2 (0)
2009– Scotland 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 March 2010

Steven Gordon Whittaker (born 16 June 1984 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish professional footballer who currently plays for Rangers in the Scottish Premier League. He generally plays as a right-back, but has played in a number of positions, including midfield and left-back. Whittaker began his career with Hibernian, and was part of the Hibs team that won the 2007 Scottish League Cup Final. Later that year he signed for Rangers in a £2M deal, and he has since earned full international recognition by Scotland.

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Club career

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Hibernian

On 1 August 2000[1], Whittaker joined the likes of Kenny Miller and Derek Riordan in signing for Hibernian from Hutchison Vale Boys Club. He made his debut against St. Johnstone in a 1–0 win on 12 May 2002.[2] The following season he went on to make further six first team appearances before finally become a regular starter the season after. Due to Whittaker lacking a defined position his form suffered as he was deployed at right-back and across the midfield under Bobby Williamson. He scored his first career goal against Partick Thistle in a 3–2 win on 3 January 2004.[3] He was an unused subsitutite when Hibernian lost the 2004 Scottish League Cup Final.

The arrival of Tony Mowbray later that year saw Whittaker confirmed in the team's right-back role, and with this new certainty, he flourished, becoming a regular in the Scotland Under–21 team and helping Hibernian to a third place league finish. Whittaker was a regular in the Hibs teams of both Mowbray and John Collins, and was in the side that won the 2007 League Cup Final. He made 174 appearances in all competitions for Hibs, scoring five goals.

Rangers

Whittaker completed a £2m move to Rangers on 1 August 2007, signing a five-year contract.[4] He started his first game for Rangers on 18 August 2007 against Falkirk in the Scottish Premier League and marked his debut with the second goal in a 7–2 win for Rangers.[5]

Whittaker scored the second goal of Rangers 2–0 win over Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Cup quarter-final second leg.[6] He picked the ball up on the half way line and weaved past several players before capping it off with a cool finish. He stated after the match that it was the best goal he had scored in his career.[7]

International career

Whittaker was a regular for the Scotland U21 squad, and in October 2006 he was added to the full Scotland squad for the Euro 2008 qualifying match against Ukraine, although he did not feature in the match.[8] Whittaker was then called into the Scotland B side to face Republic of Ireland's B team on 20 November 2007.[9] He played the first sixty-eight minutes but was replaced by Ross McCormack.[10] He also played in the goalless draw between those two sides in November 2006.[11]

He made his debut for the full national side on 12 August 2009, in a 4–0 defeat to Norway.[12] The second appearance for Whittaker in a Scotland shirt came in the 2–0 victory over Macedonia coming on for the injured Callum Davidson.[13]

Career statistics

As of 9 March 2010.[14]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hibernian 2001–02 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2002–03 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2003–04 28 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 33 1
2004–05 37 1 4 1 2 0 2[15] 0 45 2
2005–06 34 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 40 1
2006–07 35 1 6 0 4 0 4 0 49 1
Total 141 4 15 1 10 0 8 0 174 5
Rangers 2007–08 30 4 6 0 3 0 9[16] 1 48 5
2008–09 24 2 4 1 1 0 2[17] 0 31 3
2009–10 25 7 3 3 3 1 6 0 37 11
Total 79 13 13 4 7 1 17 1 116 19
Career total 220 17 28 5 17 1 25 1 290 24

Honours

Hibernian

2007

Rangers

2009
2008, 2009
2008

References

  1. ^ Scottish Football League (October 2004). The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2004/05. CRE8. ISBN 0-9548556-0-4. 
  2. ^ "Sad end for Saints" BBC Sport. 12 May 2002.
  3. ^ "Hibernian 3-2 Partick Thistle". BBC Sport. 3 January 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/3363431.stm. 
  4. ^ "Whittaker in £2m Rangers switch". BBC Sport. 1 August 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hibernian/6921914.stm. 
  5. ^ "Rangers 7–2 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 18 August 2007. http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/6949202.stm. 
  6. ^ "Sporting 0-2 Rangers". BBC Sport. 10 April 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/7336365.stm. 
  7. ^ "That's My Best Ever". Rangers FC. 10 April 2008. http://www.rangers.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Headlines/0,,5~1286840,00.html. 
  8. ^ "Whittaker called into Scots squad". BBC Sport. 9 October 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/6033359.stm. 
  9. ^ "Forgotten man Iwelumo called into 'B' squad". The Scotsman. 10 November 2007. http://sport.scotsman.com/football_international.cfm?id=1784702007. 
  10. ^ "Scotland B 1–1 Rep of Ireland B". BBC Sport. 20 November 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/7100835.stm. 
  11. ^ "Rep of Ireland B 0–0 Scotland B". BBC Sport. 14 November 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/6149066.stm. 
  12. ^ Norway 4–0 Scotland, BBC Sport, 12 August 2009
  13. ^ Scotland 2–0 Macedonia, BBC Sport, 5 September 2009
  14. ^ Steven Whittaker career stats at Soccerbase
  15. ^ Total includes match Vetra 1–0 Hibs. Whittaker started the match per the BBC match report, but his appearance is not recorded by soccerbase
  16. ^ Total includes match Werder 1–0 Rangers. Whittaker was used as a substitute per the BBC match report, but it is not recorded by soccerbase.
  17. ^ Total includes both matches versus FBK Kaunas. Whittaker started both legs per the BBC match reports (1st leg)(2nd leg), but it is not recorded by soccerbase (1st leg); (2nd leg).

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