The DW Stadium set to welcome Scottish International arrival.
Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has secured his third signing of the transfer window, Scottish defender Gary Caldwell arriving on a four-and-a-half-year £1m deal from Celtic. The 27-year-old central defender has been drafted in to strengthen a back four that has leaked 44 goals in 19 league games this campaign. “He is a commanding defender,” Martinez said, “who will lead by example on and off the pitch.” (Independent)
This is a pretty smart move by Roberto Martinez. The Wigan boss has seen his side lurch through the season thus far in an alarmingly inconsistent manner and the Latics boss will be hoping that the Celtic defender will be able to steady things at the back and help unite a team that will find themselves embroiled in one hell of a relegation scrap if they are not too careful.
It is surprising that Wigan could seal the deal for the experienced centre back for a fee as little as £1m in todays over inflated transfer market. He the type of player who can on occasion make elementary mistakes but more than makes up for any shortcomings with a massive heart and great determination the only real issue could be the Scottish International’s temperament that can on occasion lead him to make rash challenges. All in all though this capture is an intelligent use of the resources available to Martinez.