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Gerry Taggart: Scotland's pink kits just part of modern game


Getting shirty: the new Scotland home and away kits are launched

Getting shirty: the new Scotland home and away kits are launched

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Tom Boyd wearing a pink kit in the late 90s

Tom Boyd wearing a pink kit in the late 90s

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Getting shirty: the new Scotland home and away kits are launched

You've got to feel sorry for Scottish football fans. Nothing has been going for the Tartan Army of late.

Not only will they be left home alone while the rest of the British Isles are enjoying themselves in France at next summer's Euro 2016 finals, the Scottish FA then go and make things worse by launching a couple of new kits that make the hugely unpopular Northern Ireland home shirt - with the blue chest band and blue sleeves - look like a catwalk classic.

The Scots will wear a navy tartan with white sleeves ensemble at home, while on their travels the players will don pink shirts. Yes, pink!

Former Northern Ireland international Gerry Taggart, a rugged centre-half who would probably have turned a shade of red if he'd been asked to play in a pink kit, puts the choice of colour down to the 'anything goes' nature of football these days.

"Times have changed that much in football and you see a lot of things with kits that you wouldn't have years ago," said Taggart. "I'm not sure what old team-mates of mine would have made of it back in the day, but we'd have looked a bit daft.

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"I suppose if it gets you recognition in the media then anything goes.

"I am sure that the Scotland players will take a bit of stick. Scott Brown's the captain of Celtic and I am sure the Rangers fans will let him know what they think of him when he's wearing pink."

It may be approaching two decades since Scotland reached a major finals, when Craig Brown took them to the 1998 World Cup in France, but they've been in the pink on other occasions.

An away kit in the early 1990s was described as 'coral' but was more pink than orange. Later in the 90s pink appeared again at a time when football fashion took a turn for the worse.

Other teams have worn pink too, although some have looked like a red sock has mistakenly been left in the white wash.

At least there is no excuse for the Scotland players missing their team-mates when trying to pick out a pass - unlike Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson demanded his team change out of their grey away kit to the blue and white strip at half-time in a game against Southampton in the 1990s, because he said the players couldn't see each other.

The Scots' midfield hardman Brown was at least spared having to wear the pink shirt when he took part in the launch event, being given the tartan home jersey instead.

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