Former Celtic and Scotland man Gary Caldwell in shopping centre intrigue

By Euan Davidson

May 13, 2021

In Celtic and Scotland news that will make you say “well, aye, fair enough”, Gary Caldwell has helped to launch a “national anthem wall” in a Stirling shopping centre.

Caldwell, who made 134 Celtic appearances, was on hand to boost national pride in the Thistles shopping centre. The “national anthem wall” spans 35 metres. Ahead of the Euros, shoppers are being encouraged to play along to ‘Flower of Scotland’ [Daily Record].

You can’t argue with that, and Caldwell was an underrated Scotland player. His vital goal against France nearly helped Scotland seal a place at Euro 2008. Unfortunately, the Tartan Army were cheated out of a place at the tournament by refereeing that would embarrass at schoolboy level.

Not that we’re still bitter, or anything.

We do have questions, though. Why have a special guest launch something when you can’t see half their face? Why – and forgive us for the cynicism – launch something predicated on touch during a pandemic?

Don’t get us wrong, it’s good fun, and we encourage it. Still, it would be a dereliction of duty not to ask the big, important questions.

Caldwell said himself of the launch [Daily Record]:

“It’s really nice to see something positive and fun happening in the community right now and I’m delighted to be here in support today.”

Gary Caldwell takes on Christian Benteke / (Photo by DIRK WAEM/AFP via Getty Images)

Why stop there? We have more ideas for both Celtic and Scotland stars to boost Euro excitement

If anything, we’d like to see shopping centres across the country get even more aggressive with this tactic. God knows there are plenty of footballers who’d happily get involved.

Why not a stall at the Savoy where you can throw darts at a wall to re-enact Berti Vogts squad selections? A booth at Aberdeen’s Trinity Centre where you boot a static football as hard as you can to emulate McFadden’s outrageous goal against France?

Or, from a Celtic perspective, you could practice playing 1-2s with Shaun Maloney to recreate his amazing goal against Ireland. A ‘sadden English football fans’ meet and greet with free-kick hero Leigh Griffiths? The possibilities are truly endless.

If the SFA are reading, you know where to find me. But if you want to play Flower of Scotland on an interactive wall, you know where to find that, too – Thistles, in Stirling.

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