Former Celtic title-winner Gary Caldwell makes bizarre Scotland claim

By David Walton

October 17, 2019

Former Celtic title-winner Gary Caldwell has made the bizarre claim that he’s more than qualified to take the Scotland job.

Caldwell was recently sacked by Partick Thistle last month after leading them to second-bottom in the Championship and without a win in their first five league games. He was only appointed back in October 2018.

That followed similarly poor spells as manager of Wigan Athletic and Chesterfield respectively. Caldwell has two relegations on his CV, but does also have a promotion with Wigan to his name before being sacked there too.

Gary Caldwell has been sacked in all three managerial jobs he’s been in (Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

And, in an incredible claim by the former Celtic man, he feels he’s “more than qualified” to manage Scotland. Speaking to the BBC, here’s what he had to say:

“I’ve never played in the Championship, but I’ve played 55 games for Scotland. I know how international players think, I don’t know how Championship players think. I do now. But I didn’t when I first went in (to Partick).

“I feel like I could do it. I feel like I’m more qualified to do that than I am to manage Partick Thistle. There’s a lot of stories come out of Partick Thistle. And until those players are named, then those stories aren’t real in my opinion.

“Of 24 players, only three didn’t call or text to thank me, to say they enjoyed it, to say they feel they’ve improved, to wish me all the best. If I get time, I believe in what I do. But so far I’ve not had that time and that’s a frustration.

Title-winner Caldwell has a point, but that’s not how it works

Anyone can see where Caldwell is coming from here. He has a right to think that he has more in common with a higher class of player. After all, the former Celtic and Hibs man made 54 appearances for his country.

Caldwell has plenty of top-level experience after his Celtic days  (Chris Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images)

However, even Gary would know that’s not how management works. Sure, having a successful playing career can help you bag a job. But the likes of Jose Mourinho have proven that it’s not always a requirement.

And the fact is that Caldwell has now been sacked from all three manager roles he’s been given. He did achieve some reasonable success with Wigan. However, he also left with the club second-bottom of the Championship. He’s a good pro, but his managerial CV needs to improve if he wants the Scotland gig.

At the moment, Steve Clarke has it to keep. He’s going to be given time to put his ideas into the current squad. If Caldwell has any plans to succeed him, he needs to impress in another job.

Where does Caldwell go from here? (Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Partick Thistle didn’t read well for Caldwell. But despite that, he clearly still feels he has something to give.

Will he get another chance? Chances are he could have to drop a level to get back in. Judging by his comments here, that’s not something he would be too buzzing to do.