FORMER Celtic centre-back Gary Caldwell has joined Newcastle United as the team’s interim Under-23s boss.

The Scotland international defender was brought to Parkhead by Gordon Strachan at the end of his Hibs contract in 2006. He won two Premiership titles before moving to Wigan four years later where he played alongside new Bhoy James McCarthy when Roberto Martinez’s team shocked Manchester City to win the FA Cup 2013.

Caldwell, who came through the St James’s Park Academy set-up as a 16-year-old, has agreed to a short-term contract, according to the club’s website.

The back-four operator remained on Tyneside for four years before moving to Easter Road in 2004 where he caught the attention of Strachan.

He began his coaching career in the Wigan Academy after retiring from playing in 2015 and was appointed as the club’s new manager – leading them to the League One title at the first time of asking. Caldwell, now 39, has also taken charge of Chesterfield and Partick Thistle.

The Stirling-born defender made 55 appearances for Scotland.

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