Steven Whittaker hangs up boots to take coaching role at Dunfermline as former Hibs figure joins him at Pars

Former Hibs defender Steven Whittaker has retired from playing to take up a role as first-team coach with Dunfermline.

Steven Whittaker has retired from playing to focus on coaching with Dunfermline
Steven Whittaker has retired from playing to focus on coaching with Dunfermline

Whittaker, who turns 37 later this month, began his career at Easter Road before spells with Rangers and Norwich City. He returned to his boyhood club in 2017 and signed for the Pars at the end of his contract.

The former Scotland internationalist was combining playing with coaching at East End Park and the club has confirmed that Whittaker will assist new manager Peter Grant in a coaching capacity.

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He will be joined by Greg Shields, who was serving as assistant to Stevie Crawford.

Former Hibs Strength and Condition Coach Paul Green is also joining the Pars

Grant told Dunfermline’s website: “I am absolutely delighted that Greg and Steven agreed to work with me to take this club forward.

"I really think there will be good synergy with our own views on how we would like to play, and I also feel there will be a good dynamic between the three of us.

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"They are both keen to do well and develop as coaches as well and provide me with good continuity coming into the job.”

Whittaker will be joined by a familiar face in former Hibs Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Green, who is taking up a similar role at East End Park.

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Chairman Ross McArthur added: “A lot of work has been undertaken recently with all of the changes we have had to make, but we certainly have a reinvigorated back room staff, all with a great desire to move our club forward and make positive change.”

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