Steven Whittaker has retired from football as the Norwich City favourite takes up a coaching role with Peter Grant’s Dunfermline backroom staff.

The 36-year-old was a player-coach under then-manager Stevie Crawford at Dunfermline last season but will become fully focused on coaching under new boss and former Norwich City manager Peter Grant in the 2021/22 Scottish Championship season.

Former Norwich City star Steven Whittaker has retired.

Former Norwich City star Steven Whittaker has retired from football at 36. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Whittaker started his career at Hibs before memorable spells at Rangers and Norwich City prior to making a return to Easter Road. The right-back made 24 appearances for Dunfermline last term.

Grant also has Greg Shields on his coaching staff, the Dunfermline manager saying: “I am absolutely delighted that Greg and Steven agreed to work with me to take this club forward. 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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