Steven Whittaker has returned to Hibernian on a three-year contract following the right-back’s summer release by Norwich City.

The 33-year-old, who has 31 Scotland caps, came through Hibs’ youth ranks before joining Rangers in 2007.

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon described the signing as a “coup” for the club promoted to the Premiership last term.

Whittaker told Hibs’ website: “When I decided to return to Scotland, Hibs was the club I hoped to come to.”

The Edinburgh-born defender fell out of favour under fellow Scot Alex Neil at Carrow Road last season as Norwich failed to make a swift return to the Premier League.

And he returns to the club with whom he won the Scottish League Cup in 2007.

“While the discussions have taken a while, they have always been positive and I am very pleased to be back playing at Easter Road for the Hibernian fans and I hope I can play my part in ensuring a successful return to the top flight,” Whittaker added.

However, he will not be available for Saturday’s opening League Cup game against Montrose on Saturday as he requires international clearance.

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