Former Celtic man Gary Caldwell reportedly the latest to be struck with a coin

By David Walton

March 6, 2019

Hearts fans reportedly launched missiles at former Celtic and current Partick Thistle manager Gary Caldwell on Monday night.

According to the Daily Record, insiders at Thistle claimed there was a “shower” of objects that struck the home dugout. Some also apparently landed between Caldwell and Hearts manager Craig Levein.

This has reportedly led to Partick discussing what action to take. Chief Executive Gerry Brittain and chairman Jacqui Low discussed the incident yesterday.

Gary Caldwell was a Celtic regular under Gordon Strachan (Chris Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images)

The incident occurred during Partick and Hearts’ 1-1 Scottish Cup draw at Firhill on Monday night. The two sides will go at it again in a replay on Tuesday night at Tynecastle.

Thistle executives apparently couldn’t believe how much loose change there was.

It comes just two days after Scott Sinclair had a glass bottle thrown at him. The likes of Neil Lennon, Kris Boyd, and an official linesman were struck by coins earlier on this season too.

A worrying trend is developing

In disgraceful fashion, this is almost becoming fashionable in Scotland. Coin-throwing isn’t a new aspect to Premiership football this season, and a trend is happening.

Earlier this week, we spoke about how the public has to start taking responsibility. It could be the case that the government start to take drastic action if this sort of thing goes on. At the end of the day, footballers are workers like everyone else. They only difference is that they’re in the spotlight.

Neil Lennon was struck with a coin whilst at Hibs (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s now at the stage where hearing about another coin-throwing incidents isn’t a surprise. It’s also happening across a variety of football clubs’ support too. This isn’t a club-vs-club debate – it’s more of an indictment on Scottish society.

This is nation-wide. But not all responsibility can be placed on football clubs. All they can do is identify the individuals responsible and subsequently arrest them.

It will be interesting to see what action Partick take in the coming days. But the sheer number of incidents happening in Scotland is becoming a real concern.