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Gary Caldwell: I'll thrive on Thistle promotion pressure

Caldwell told STV he's ready to embrace the challenge of getting Partick Thistle back up.

Gary Caldwell has said he'll thrive on the pressure of trying to get Partick Thistle back up to the Premiership at the first attempt.

The Jags announced Caldwell as Alan Archibald's replacement in the Firhill hotseat on Monday.

Thistle currently languish eighth in the Championship, but the former Scotland international has been told promotion back to the top flight remains the aim for this season.

Caldwell, 36, enjoyed initial success in his first management position at Wigan, leading the Latics to the League One title in his first full season in charge.

And the ex-Celtic defender said he'll lean on experiences from that stint as he looks to turnaround the Maryhill outfit's fortunes.

On the task of getting Thistle up, he told STV: "It's one I thrive on. My whole career I have thrived on pressure, I had it at Wigan in my first job, where we had to get promotion.

"This is more difficult because of where we start from but I'll do everything I can to make sure we are competitive, first and foremost, and wins games of football that take us where we want to be.

"I know what winning and losing feels like, I know the promotion of winning promotion, of winning a league.

"I knew it as a player as well and have to bring that mindset to the players at Partick Thistle."

He added: "Football is a competitive environment and you have to be ready for that.

"Forget tactics, forget styles of play, there are minimum requirements you need in football and we need to focus on them first to get results."

Caldwell enjoyed notable success as a player with Celtic under Gordon Strachan's management, winning two league titles and two cups.

The ex-Scotland centre-half said he'll lean on the former national team boss for advice should he need it.

He continued: "Gordon is someone I speak to regularly, I can always pick up the phone to him if I have an issue.

"You have to be your own man, you can't copy anyone but he is somebody that whenever I do need advice he's the man I'd pick the phone up to."

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