Caldwell: Scotland will be crucial

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

GARY Caldwell believes this week’s training camp in Scotland will prove to be a crucial part of Wigan Athletic’s preparations for the new season.

The Latics squad yesterday travelled north of the border for the latest part of their pre-season training programme.

The Scottish teams we play will also really challenge us, and give us lots of problems that we’ll need to deal with

Gary Caldwell

As well as working hard on the training pitch, the Latics players will also play two matches – against Partick Thistle tonight and Dundee on Friday.

And Caldwell is hopeful the week will prove to be as beneficial to his squad as the trip to La Manga earlier this month.

“I’m really looking forward to it, and I think the games will help us as well,” Caldwell told Wigan Today.

“The standard of games so far have been great

for us in terms of what we’ve needed from pre-season.

“The Scottish teams we play will also really challenge us, and give us lots of problems

that we’ll need to deal with.”

“That will be good for the players, and I feel they’re ready for that challenge. We’re looking forward to it.”

The Latics fans travelling to Scotland should be well rewarded by the first sight of new-look strike duo Will Grigg and Craig Davies working in tandem.

Grigg made his Latics debut in a late cameo off the bench at Southport on Saturday, while Davies has yet to kick a ball for his new employers.

But both should get plenty of game-time this week with the League One season just over a fortnight away.

And Caldwell believes that will be a major boost for everyone concerned.

“The only downside from the performance at Southport would be we didn’t score enough goals,” the Latics chief added.

“That will come, and hopefully getting Will and Craig on the pitch this week will help us do that.”