In Focus: Whittaker move shows Hibs mean business next season

As reported by The Scottish Sun, former Rangers defender Steven Whittaker could once again be playing in Scottish football with Neil Lennon putting him at the top of his Hibernian summer wish-list.

What’s the story?

Norwich City announced on Tuesday that Whittaker is one of a number of players at the club who will not be signing new deals with the club when their contracts expire on June 30th.

The Scottish Sun reckon that Hibs boss Neil Lennon has put the right back at the top of his summer wish-list and will attempt to lure him back to the club where he started his career.

Whittaker joined Norwich in 2012 after the financial meltdown at Ibrox, making over 100 appearances in the five seasons since.

Hibs’ ambition

Despite coming from the Scottish Championship, Hibs will be aiming for a decent finish in the Scottish Premiership next season, perhaps even eyeing a top six place.

Signing players like Whittaker would certainly show ambition. The 32 year old has won nine major honours in Scotland including the Scottish League Cup with Hibs in 2007.

At his peak he was more than capable of being an effective player in the Scottish Premiership and at a higher level in Europe and on the international scene. He’s played 31 times for Scotland with his most recent caps coming just last year.

If he does make the switch to Easter Road then supporters will be keen to see what other names arrive with him as Neil Lennon attempts to build a team capable of making a splash in the top-flight.