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Steven grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Steven Whittaker was a fan of Heart of Midlothian F.C. growing up but began his career in the Hibernian youth system.
Steven Whittaker plays for the team Hibernian F.C.
|#1||Steven Whittaker||36||Scotland||June 16, 1984||N/A|
|#2||Martin Boyle||27||England||April 25, 1993||N/A|
|#3||Scott Allan||29||Scotland||November 28, 1991||N/A|
Despite being a boyhood Hearts fan, Whittaker joined Kenny Miller and Derek Riordan in signing for Hibernian from the Hutchison Vale Boys Club. He made his debut against St Johnstone in a 1–0 win on 12 May 2002. In the 2002–03 season, he went on to make further six first-team appearances before finally becoming a regular starter the following season. 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. He was an unused substitute when Hibernian lost the 2004 Scottish League Cup Final.
Whittaker was a regular for the Scotland under-21 squad. 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. Whittaker was then called into the Scotland B side to face a Republic of Ireland B team on 20 November 2007. He played 68 minutes before being replaced by Ross McCormack. He also played in the goalless draw between those two sides in November 2006.
Whittaker completed a £2 million move to Rangers on 1 August 2007, signing a five-year contract. He was given the number 28 shirt and started his first game for Rangers on 18 August 2007 against Falkirk in the Scottish Premier League, marking his debut with the second goal in a 7–2 win for Rangers. Having been deployed mostly at left back during the first half of the season, Whittaker established himself as first-choice right back after Alan Hutton's departure to Tottenham Hotspur in January 2008. Whittaker scored the second goal of Rangers 2–0 win over Sporting CP in the UEFA Cup quarter-final second-leg on 10 April 2008. He picked the ball up on the halfway line and "danced through the Sporting defence" before scoring.
He made his debut for the full national side on 12 August 2009, in a 4–0 defeat to Norway. His second appearance came in the 2–0 victory over Macedonia, when he came on for the injured Callum Davidson. Whittaker earned 31 caps up to March 2016. He dropped out of the squad as he lost his place at Norwich, but was recalled in September 2017.
Whittaker signed a new five-year contract with Rangers in July 2011, after the club had rejected bids from Turkish club Bursaspor. During a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Swedish club Malmö FF, he was sent off for throwing the ball at an opponent player after receiving a poor tackle.
Rangers entered administration in February 2012 and were subsequently liquidated. Charles Green, who bought the business and assets of Rangers from the administrator, attempted to transfer the player contracts to a new Rangers company. Whittaker was one of several players to object to this proposal. PFA Scotland had previously commented that players were entitled to become free agents if they objected to the transfer. Whittaker explained himself in a news conference, saying, "I'm 28 and I want to play at the top level for as much as I can. It doesn't look like Rangers will be in the SPL and there's no European football. We owe no loyalty to the new club. There is no history there for us."
Whittaker signed for English Premier League club Norwich City on 30 June 2012, signing a four-year deal. On 20 July, Whittaker received provisional international clearance from FIFA that allowed him to play while arbitration over his move from Rangers continued.
Whittaker suffered an ankle injury during a friendly match against Celtic, which caused him to miss the start of the 2012–13 Premier League season. Two months after receiving his ankle injury, he described it as the worst of his career. He made his competitive debut for Norwich on 31 October, playing at right back in a 2–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur. A few days later, Whittaker made his league debut for the club, playing at right back and stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes, in a 1–0 win over Stoke City. After making his debut, Whittaker said he was pleased to make his debut with a win. The following month, on 8 December 2012, Whittaker scored his first goal in his Premier League career after an assist from Robert Snodgrass in a 4–3 win over Swansea City.
Whittaker received his first red card in a league game against Southampton in August 2015; he was booked for blocking Matt Targett from taking a throw-in, and three minutes later, received a second yellow (and consequently a red) for grappling Dušan Tadić's shirt during a challenge. Following Whittaker's sending-off, Norwich were defeated 3–0. Norwich were again relegated in 2015–16, while Whittaker played less frequently for their first team. In May 2017, Norwich announced that Whittaker would be released at the end of his contract.
On 15 July 2017, Whittaker rejoined Hibernian on a three-year deal. He scored a goal in his second league debut for Hibs, a 3–1 win against Partick Thistle on 5 August.
After Paul Heckingbottom was sacked as head coach in November 2019, Whittaker assisted caretaker manager Eddie May. After four months out of the team, Whittaker was used as a defensive midfielder in both matches of a Scottish Cup tie with Dundee United in January 2020. Whittaker was one of three first team players released by Hibs at the end of the 2019–20 season.
Currently, Steven Whittaker is 36 years old. Steven Whittaker will celebrate 37th birthday on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Below we countdown to Steven Whittaker upcoming birthday.