Former Celtic defender Gary Caldwell has been appointed as manager of English League One side Exeter City.

The 40-year-old has returned to senior management for the first time in three years, with his last role coming at Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle.

Although Caldwell hasn’t had any involvement as a manager at senior level in the past three years, the ex-Scotland international has been busy across several other roles.

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After a spell working in punditry, Caldwell returned to coaching for the first time in 23 months, taking up an interim coaching position at Newcastle United’s under-23 side.

However, after just three weeks in the role, Caldwell left his position after his permanent successor was named at the club he spent a brief spell with as a player.

It didn’t take long for the former Celtic defender to mark his return in the game, though, as he took up the impressive position as ‘loan team coach’ at English Premier League giants Manchester City.

But, it was another short stay for the ex-Wigan and Chesterfield boss, as he returned to the touchline, joining his former Hoops teammate, Shaun Maloney, at Hibernian.

Memorably, neither Maloney or Caldwell lasted long at Easter Road and spent only a matter of months at the club before being let go.

Following on from his stay in several different roles, Caldwell has this afternoon marked his return to senior management for the first time in three years after he was appointed boss of Exeter City.

Caldwell sets up English League One meeting with former club icon.

The ex-Celtic number five joins the English third-tier side whilst they are sitting in a good place in English League One, just outside of the play-off spots.

So, expectations are likely to be high as they target a potential promotion spot to the English Championship this campaign.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Caldwell performs after a somewhat interesting few years as a manager in both England and Scotland.

If he is able to last until April in his new role, we will also see the meeting of two former Celtic teammates in the dugout south of the border.

At the beginning of that month next year, Caldwell’s Exeter side will go up against Scott Brown’s Fleetwood Town, who are currently sitting in 16th position in the league.

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I am sure that is a game plenty of Celtic supporters would keep an eye out for, with the Parkhead faithful always keen to see how former players perform in managerial roles.

We wish Gary all the best of luck in his new managerial position as he looks to continue taking Exeter up the English Footballing pyramid following their promotion last campaign!

In other news, Celtic’s European December winter training camp plans become clearer.

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