Frances flies flag for Celtic heroes

Frances with hero Charlie Mulgrew
Frances with hero Charlie Mulgrew

Bellshill youngster Frances Dick literally received a hero’s welcome when she visited the Celtic training headquarters at Lennoxtown last week.

The 11-year-old Noble Primary School pupil was particularly popular among the Parkhead players - because she arrived bearing the coveted SPFL Premiership Champions flag.

Frances has supported the Parkhead side for as long as she can remember and was over the moon when she found out she was to deliver the flag to Celtic star Charlie Mulgrew.

The youngster was chosen after her mum, Mary, nominated her on the SPFL’s Facebook page.

The flag was unveiled by former chairman Fergus McCann at Parkhead on Saturday before the reigning champions’ Premiership home opener against Dundee United.

Mary decided to nominate Frances for the honour as she has been in and out of Yorkhill during the past two years while she battled an ear problem.

In her nomination, Mary said: “She is having a hard time just now. This would help cheer her up.”

She was selected at random in a draw featuring more than 70 nominations and, as winners of the competition, also received a pair of tickets to the match and was delighted to see her heroes romp to a 6-1 win.

The SPFL, which ran the competition, is believed to be the only league body in the world which presents flags to league winners.

And Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive, said he was delighted that the organisation used such occasion to involve young supporters such as Frances.

He said: “The annual presentation of Champions flags to winners of all four SPFL divisions is something which is unique to the Scottish game.

“Ahead of each clubs’ opening home game of the new season, we’re delighted to share the special moment that is delivery and presentation of the flags with young fans who represent the lifeblood and future of the sport in Scotland.”