sport news Steven Whittaker shrugs off Ibrox fury

Steven Whittaker insists he is prepared to face a barrage of boos when he returns to Ibrox next month.

The full-back left Rangers in acrimony five years ago when a number of players objected to the transfer of their existing deals to Charles Green's newco.

Attending a press conference where he and former team-mate Steven Naismith claimed they owed 'no loyalty to the new club', the stance of both players angered supporters.

Steven Whittaker has signed a three-year contract after completing a move to Hibernian

Steven Whittaker has signed a three-year contract after completing a move to Hibernian

And emotions are certain to be aired when Whittaker travels to Ibrox on August 12 after penning a three-year contract to return to Hibernian.

'I did check to see when we were playing Rangers when the fixtures came out,' said the 33-year-old. 'It will be a good test for us. Going back to play at stadiums like that is something we'll look forward to.

'Whatever reception I get, it won't bother me. I've experienced all the different ones, whether you're cheered or booed.

Whittaker left Rangers five years ago and he'll no doubt be reminded of that next month

Whittaker left Rangers five years ago and he'll no doubt be reminded of that next month

'I've not given any thought to what kind of welcome I'll get. I'll just be trying my best to win for Hibs, like the rest of the boys. I don't want to let anyone down.'

Naismith expressed regret over describing Rangers as a 'new club' at the press conference in 2012.

Whittaker, Naismith and others accepted 75 per cent pay-cuts to help the oldco in the weeks prior to liquidation.

Accepting that few supporters remember the gesture with much gratitude, Whittaker shrugged: 'Everyone has a different opinion of what happened and who was to blame for what.

'As players, we were paid to play football and that's

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