GARY CALD­WELL FACT­FILE

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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.

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