Kris Boyd suggests why Rangers did not re-sign Steven Whittaker this summer

Kris Boyd of Kilmarnock sits on the bench during the Scottish premiership match between Kilmarnock and Celtic at Rugby Park on August 12, 2015 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Steven Whittaker played for Ibrox club Rangers from 2007 until 2012, and joined Hibernian in the summer transfer window after leaving Norwich City in the Championship in England.

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd has written in The Scottish Sun that Rangers did not sign Steven Whittaker in the summer transfer window because of the way he left the Ibrox club in the summer of 2012.

Whittaker was on the books of Rangers from 2007 until 2012 when he moved to Norwich City in England.

The 33-year-old right-back returned to Scotland in the summer transfer window, re-joining his first professional club Hibernian, who will play in the Scottish Premiership this season after winning promotion from the Scottish Championship at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

Kris Boyd of Kilmarnock during the Betfred Cup First Round between Kilmarnock Football Club and Morton at Rugby Park on July 23, 2016 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

The Scotland international defender started his professional club football career at Hibernian and played for them until 2007 before joining Rangers.

Boyd, now on the books of Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock, played for Rangers from 2006 until 2010 and then again during the 2014-15 season.

The Scottish striker believes that Rangers did not sign Whittaker in the summer transfer window because of the way the right-back left the Gers in the summer of 2012.

Steven Whittaker of Norwich City and Michael Kightly  of Burton Albion in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Norwich City at Pirelli Stadium on February...

“Maybe my old team-mate Whittaker is happy the way it’s worked out,” Boyd wrote in The Scottish Sun regarding Whittaker’s move to Hibernian this summer. “Maybe he wouldn’t want to swap teams even if he was offered the chance.

“But Gers would have been interested in snapping him up on a free transfer this summer. I’m convinced the biggest reason they didn’t was because of the way Whitts left five years ago.

“Remember that press conference he held? Sitting alongside Steven Naismith, he said how Rangers wasn’t the Rangers he signed for, and he was well within his rights walking out the door.

“Rangers was on its knees at the time, desperate for every penny it could get. But Naisy and Whitts wanted out. I’m sure they both regret the way the whole thing was handled because no one came out of it looking good.

“Holding a press conference to leave a club, what was that all about? As it turned out they got their big money moves with Naisy signing for Everton and Whitts going to Norwich.”

Rangers and Hibernian will face each other at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon.

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