Ex-Celtic captain Gary Caldwell announces retirement at just 32, eyes move into coaching

Former Celtic captain Gary Caldwell has been forced to retire at the age of 32.

After a tough spate of injuries, Wigan Athletic defender Gary Caldwell has announced his retirement from playing football at the age of 32.

Caldwell, formerly captain of Celtic as recently as 2010, made the move to Wigan Ahtletic just over five years ago, and was a regular in the Premier League before their relegation in 2013.

Since then, it's been tough going for the ex-Scotland international. Just three appearances for Wigan last season and none this term have all been down to injury woes for Caldwell, who has now decided to call it a day.

With quotes published by the Daily Express, Caldwell confirmed that he is hanging up his boots aged 32 - a little earlier than usual in the modern era.

"That’s the end for me. I have been struggling for years and even training was becoming really painful," said Caldwell. "I had the second operation on my left hip just under two years ago, and while it helped a little bit I was never the same again."

"I played four games and that was it. The first time I got the operation it was a success and it had a good effect. But the surgeon was honest with me when I went in the second time in the summer of 2013 and said that he wasn’t sure if it was going to help me."

Caldwell has taken on added responsibilities at Wigan recently, and confirmed that whilst he is retiring, he won't be leaving football altogether having also told the Daily Express that he will look to establish himself in coaching.

"Of course you want to play, but I also wanted to get into coaching and I have the chance now rather than wondering, ‘What am I going to do now?’," he added.

Caldwell made 150 appearances for Celtic in three-and-a-half years for the Bhoys, and became a mainstay of the side before his exit to Wigan in 2010.

Having won the Scottish Premier League twice, the Scottish League Cup as well as the Scottish Cup during his time at Celtic, he will be well thought of by Bhoys fans as he decides to end his playing days.

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