Though Scotland did not qualify for the 2010 World Cup they don’t have to be left out of the barrage of new international kits that have been released in the past week. Scotland’s new home kit will be worn in a friendly against the Czech Republic on Wednesday at Hampden Park. The new Adidas kits are a sharp departure from the relatively dull Diadora kits worn in recent years by the Scots for international competition. Perhaps the change in manufacturer can combine with the new manager to produce results for the first time in many years.
The kit sticks with the traditional Scottish home outfit of deep navy on top, white shorts and red socks. Worryingly the Scotland kits have completely unnecessary piping that go from shirts to shorts. And the ‘hidden’ Scotland crest is a bit too early 1990s for my liking. But the inclusion of ‘ALBA’ on the socks is pure genius. Of course Alba is the Gaelic name for Scotland and is far more interesting than having SFA (Scottish Football Association) in their place. The final comment from this space is general annoyance with the location of the numbers on the front of the shirts. They’re clearly so high because of the ‘hidden’ crest but it makes the top of the shirt very crowded.