Former Rangers defender Steven Whittaker has retired from playing to take up a full-time first-team coach role at Dunfermline Athletic.

Whittaker started his career at Hibernian and moved to Ibrox in 2007.

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Whittaker in UEFA Cup semi-final action against Fiorentina at Ibrox. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

He would rack up 196 appearances in Light Blue over the next five years, scoring 27 goals, notching 21 assists and scooping eight major honours.

The full-back moved to Premier League club Norwich City in 2012 and stayed with the Canaries until 2017 when he returned to Scottish football for a second stint at Hibs.

After being released by the capital club in the summer of 2020, he joined Dunfermline on a one-year deal in a joint playing and coaching role.

That deal expired recently and it’s been confirmed that the 36-year-old has decided to hang up his boots in order to work with new Pars boss Peter Grant as a first-team coach.

Greg Shields will also form part of the new coaching setup, having previously assisted former manager Stevie Crawford.

“I am absolutely delighted that Greg and Steven agreed to work with me to take this club forward,” said Grant [Courier] “It was always my intention to speak to the both of them as they are both good people as well as being the right type of coaches and characters.”

“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 right good dynamic between the three of us.

“In addition, they are both keen to do well and develop as coaches as well and provide me with good continuity coming into the job.”

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Former Rangers defender Whittaker – seen here celebrating a famous goal against Sporting Lisbon – has retired from playing and moved into full-time coaching. (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Whittaker was capped 31 times by Scotland at senior international level, with many of his appearances coming during his time at Rangers.

In other news, former Rangers fan favourite Daniel Candeias has found a new club after his Gençlerbirligi contract expired.

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