• Joining the Peter Grant revolution at Scottish Championship club as first-team coach
  • Hangs up his boots at the age of 36 and plots a course for the next chapter of his career
  • Celtic legend Grant forms exciting coaching team with Whitty and his fellow ex-Rangers star Greg Shields

PAR FOR THE COURSE...Steven Whittaker has quit playing but is staying out at Dunfermline as first-team

STEVEN WHITTAKER revelled in Tony Mowbray's brand of football at Hibs and soaked up Walter Smith's winning mentality at Rangers.

Now the 31-times capped former Scotland star and Sport Careers Agency client aims to call on all that priceless playing experience after hanging up his boots to become part of the Peter Grant revolution at Scottish Championship side Dunfermline.

Whittaker and another ex-Gers star Greg Shields will be alongside Celtic legend Grant in the Pars' technical area as they look to guide the Fife side back into the Premiership next season.

Steven, now 36 and a UEFA A Licence holder, is ready for the next chapter and has learned so much from a superb playing career that included stints at Hibs, Rangers and Norwich City.

Whittaker stressed: "I could go through every one I played under but there are people like Tony Mowbray who took over a Hibs team and had us play a style of football that was exciting and fun to play in.
"Then there was Walter Smith with the mentality side of winning games. Being at Rangers had a massive impact on how you see the game and how you have to demand standards to win games.

"Towards the end of the season, this kind of role was in my thoughts. I was only willing to go year by year as a player. I didn't want to commit to anything that I didn't know I could fulfil, I'm not that type of person.

"So I said to Stevie Crawford last year: 'Let's do one season, I'll give you my all then we'll reassess'.

"Last season was a hard campaign for everyone and I got a real feel for the coaching side of it.

"I spoke to Peter Grant and he wanted me to transition onto the staff and we managed to put the pieces in place for that. I'm thrilled with how it has unfolded."

New boss Grant will be charged with the job of guiding Dunfermline back into Scotland's top flight after an eight-year absence.

This season Crawford's side failed in the play-offs and his successor Grant said: "I am absolutely delighted that Greg and Steven have 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 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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