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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 August 2006, 15:37 GMT 16:37 UK
Gaelic added to Scotland strips
Alba on shirt
The SFA has bowed to a long-running campaign
Scotland's national football kit has had the word Alba, Gaelic for Scotland, added to it for the first time.

It follows a long-running campaign by Gaels and the Association of Tartan Army Clubs to recognise the language.

The new shirt, which carries Alba on the back, will be worn at Scotland's opening Euro 2008 qualifier against the Faroe Islands on 2 September.

Highland councillor Andy Anderson said the national rugby team should follow football's example.

The new kit was unveiled at Hampden on Thursday.

It puts Gaelic right there on there on every television set throughout Europe and the rest of the world
Councillor Andy Anderson

Colin Banks, Scottish Football Association marketing manager, said: "This was added in response to numerous requests from our fans, including the Association of Tartan Army Clubs.

"It is done in recognition of Scotland's Gaelic heritage and we believe we are the first Scotland national team in any sport to make this gesture."

Mr Anderson, chairman of Highland Council's education, culture and sport committee, said the move will help to promote Gaelic.

He said: "It is a very clever decision that they have made.

"It's something simple and it brings things into line with other European countries as well.

"It puts Gaelic right there on there on every television set throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

"People will realise that in Scotland we have other languages other than English.

He added that pressure might now be put on rugby to do the same.

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