GARY CALDWELL FACTFILE
Born: Stirling, 1982 (Age 33) Playing career: A centre-half, occasional rightback and defensive midfielder, Caldwell began his career as a trainee at Celtic befor e joining Kenny Dalglish’s Newcastle at 16. Though he never made an appearance at St James’, impressive loan spells at Darlington, Hibs, Coventry and Derby saw the young defender win the first of his 55 caps for Scotland in 2002, aged just 20.
A permanent switch to Hibs in 2004 yielded five goals in 88 games and, with his contract up, Caldwell was signed by Gordon Strachan and Celtic on a free transfer in 2006. A rocky start – including a high-profile blunder in a Champions League game against Barcelona – was quickly overcome and SPL titles in 2007 and 2008 were followed by the SPL and SFWA Player of the Year awards in 2009. Caldwell also won a League Cup and Scottish Cup at Celtic, scoring seven goals in 150 games before rejecting Championship side Middlesbrough to join Wigan in 2010.
Quickly appointed captain, Caldwell twice helped the Latics retain their Premier League status, winning the club’s player of the year award for his efforts in 2012. The following season brought an FA Cup victory but also relegation to the Championship and, with a long-term hip injury worsening, Caldwell retired in February. He was appointed manager following the departure of Malky Mackay last week.