Three reasons why Rangers should join reported race to re-sign 32-year-old freebie
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Pedro Caixinha must enter the summer transfer window to sign former Rangers defender Steven Whittaker from Championship side Norwich.
The Sun claim Hibernian boss Neil Lennon is keen on the 32-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, while the report also states he will have offers to remain in England.
Here, Football Insider analyses three reasons why Whittaker would be a perfect signing for the Gers ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Proven SPL experience
Plying his trade in the top flight of Scottish football with both Rangers and Hibernian before moving south in 2012 to join Norwich, Whittaker has a huge 211 appearances to his name in the Scottish Premiership. In recent matches, Caixinha has deployed youngsters David Bates and Myles Beerman and Whittaker’s knowledge of the SPL could prove crucial in the duo’s development at Ibrox. His experience north of the border could prove crucial for the Gers, who will look to create a balance of youth and experience to rival Old Firm enemies Celtic next term.
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Veterans Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos are yet to see their contracts renewed, with their current deals set to expire in less than a month, while League One outfit Charlton Atheltic are interested in Lee Hodson, according to the Scottish Sun. With the trio likely to leave, Caixinha will be left bare at the back and that will require investment in the defensive areas. Bringing Whittaker, a 31-time Scotland international, to Ibrox will provide quality cover.
Rangers bought 14 players during the 2016-17 season, two of which required a transfer fee. Only striker Joe Garner and back-up goalkeeper Jack Alnwick commanded any sort of figure, with the rest of the Gers recruits coming in on free transfers or loans. Whittaker would be another example of that with his contract set to end, saving the Gers money but also providing them with a player capable of hitting the ground running. It will allow Caixinha to strengthen other areas of the squad with his untouched transfer budget.
In other Rangers transfer news, this £400,000-rated midfielder is also being eyed by Caixinha.