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Last Updated: Monday, 4 October, 2004, 19:58 GMT 20:58 UK
Tartan kilts fans out for success
Models wear SFA tartan
Gents and ladies garments have been designed
The Tartan Army can now wear the Scottish Football Association's very own tartan with pride following the launch of a new range of clothing.

Despite being known the world over for their attire, Scotland supporters have never had a uniform tartan.

But now the SFA has launched its own plaid, ensuring a stylish turnout to support the national team.

The official tartan, which is dark blue with a thin green stripe, is already said to be a hit with fans.

The tartan, which will feature in kilts and suits, is available exclusively from highland wear retailer Slanj.

The company approached the SFA two years ago and suggested the association should have its own tartan. They then spent two years developing the tartan with the Scottish FA's commercial department.

'Lucky charm'

Brian Halley, of Slanj, said he hoped the new plaid would bring the team luck in the forthcoming World Cup campaign.

"We approached the SFA almost two years ago to suggest that their tartan be available commercially as a fitting tribute to the national dress for fans all over.

"Already we have produced kilts for Scottish FA legend Archie Gemmill and Miss Scotland Nicola Jolly.

"We look forward to many more orders during the current World Cup campaign and hope it brings all the Scottish national football squads lots of luck."

The new tartan also scored support from Deputy First Minister Jim Wallace.

"New tartan designs are sometimes controversial but I wish the Scottish FA tartan well and hope it can be as successful a symbol for Scottish football as the Tartan Army," he said.

"And I look forward to attending a future international wearing a Scottish FA tartan scarf."

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