Former Celtic defender retires; now coaching at Scott Brown's club

By John McGinley

June 18, 2022

Former Celtic defender Paul Caddis has officially announced his retirement from playing, now focusing full-time on coaching with Fleetwood Town.

Caddis burst into the Celtic team during the 2007/08 season, famously getting a massive opportunity in the UEFA Champions League last 16 against Barcelona.

Andreas Hinkel was cup-tied for that fixture, and Caddis was thrown in at the deep end up against Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry for a night he’ll never forget.

The La Liga giants eventually won the match 3-2 but it was a thrilling evening, with Celtic managing to take the lead twice.

Caddis references that occasion in his retirement statement on social media, describing it as a “boyhood dream” to represent the Hoops in Europe.

He also thanks Celtic as well as all the other clubs he played with over the years.

The right-back would go on to make 24 appearances in total for the Bhoys, not quite managing to make the grade as a regular first-team player.

However, he enjoyed a long playing career following his exit from Glasgow with spells at Swindon Town, Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers.

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Caddis is now an academy coach at Fleetwood Town, which is of course now managed by Caddis’ former Celtic teammate Scott Brown.

The 34-year-old is planning on “throwing all his eggs in one basket” on the coaching side of things having gained his UEFA B licence and now working towards the A licence.

We wish Paul all the luck in the world on his coaching journey and hope he finds success!

In other news, Celtic injury worries eased as Carl Starfelt works with personal trainer.