IT will be one of those question asked amongst sports fans of all ages; just what is the most famous Scottish sporting kit of all time? 

What one did you want to wear as a kid or a fan, and what one made you close your eyes? Was there a shirt you wished your team wore, or another you just wanted to see disappear?

And what about those other items in sport, the colour schemes, race suits, helmets and clothing that meant so much to so many?

Read more: Sport Times' 100 Most Memorable Scottish Kits: Numbers 19-13 featuring Celtic, Glasgow 2014 and Jackie Stewart

Every reader and aficionado will have their own ideas on this one, just like they will know the outfits that made them cringe.

Over coming days, we will be counting down to what is the Most Memorable Scottish Kit of all time, and what makes the most famous – and infamous – designs over the years.

If you’d like to vote or have a say on what colours make it on to the top 100, either contact us through Twitter, @hssport, or through the Herald Sport Facebook page - and let the debate commence.

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Graphics: David Moor (Historical Football Kits)

12. Hibs 1977 - 1979

HIT: Throughout their history, Hibs have had their share of football ‘firsts’ and been at the forefront of innovation.

While seeing the name of a sponsor on the front of a shirt is the norm today, Hibs were the first senior league club in Britain to try this sponsorship caper when they printed Bukta (who supplied the kit) on the chest.

Clubs in Europe had already followed the lead of Bundesliga teams in using shirts as advertising hoardings

A great idea, and a certain money maker. Why did no-one think of that before?

Unfortunately, where there was quite some thinking to be done was with those broadcasting Scottish football at that time. While sanctioned by the SFA and Scottish League, it breached guidelines over size for both BBC and STV. who announced they wouldn’t be showing Hibs games. In turn, the authorities banned TV from all games. We had a football blackout.

However, a compromise was reached; Hibs would play in a purple shirt, with a smaller logo on the front.

Purple? Why not? Anything to make money and all that.

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11. Hearts 1972 - 1973

HIT: It takes a lot to break with tradition. Other than a hooped shirt for away games in the late 20s, and one with white sleeves for floodlit matches from 1957 to ‘59, Heart of Midlothian had struck to the tried and tested (and loved) maroon jerseys.

It was going to take something special to break that love affair, and this was it.

Now, while a great many Jambos go all misty-eyed when recalling this kit today (and hence why it features so high in this list), it took a bit of getting used to at the time. “Was it not too Hibsy?” was a question asked.

The answer was no, more Ajaxy!

As we logged earlier, the influence of the Amsterdam giants didn’t just relate to the way the game was played. It also had a bearing on what was worn.

Their all white kit, with a red panel down the front, had also been adopted by St Mirren (who naturally had a black bib).

The Hearts even went as far as copying the style of socks Ajax wore, with the coloured tops. And what we had was a classic kit.

Hearts didn’t win anything of significance wearing it, only the hearts of their fans. 

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10. Rangers 1994 - 1996

HIT: This kit didn’t make the most audacious start as the first team kit at Ibrox, despite new signings Brian Laudrup and Basile Boli being presented in it.

Rangers were knocked out of the Champions League in the qualifying round (and as we explained the other day, didn’t then get the chance to wear their lilac third kit.)

However, on the home front, this effort was generally well received by supporters, the second effort to come out of the Adidas box.

Round-necked in design, it was distinctive, probably due to so little white being used on the shirt, other than for the three, trade mark manufacturers bands on the sleeves, which was replicated on the shorts.

The traditional black socks with red tops remained, as they would during this production partnership.

Rangers won the title that season, which gave sales a boost entering the second year - although they went through the roof in the summer of ‘95 when a certain Paul Gascoigne made his first appearance for the Ibrox club following his move from Lazio, guaranteeing that this kit was a winner on every count.

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9. Scotland (Away) 2016-17

MISS: Several of Scotland’s away kits over the years have made this list. However, what went before is nothing compared to the here and now and the current Scotland change strip.

Whoever came up with this bright idea (and you have to admit, this kit is bright if nothing else), obviously wasn’t working in conjunction with those responsible for the then-Scotland home kit (which for this poll, didn’t even register a mention from fans). Hence the reason, in November 2016, Scottish football was delivered a triple whammy against England at Wembley.

Firstly, our traditional blue kit wasn’t deemed blue enough (as it had too much white in it). That meant our brave wee Scottish soldiers had to face the Auld Enemy wearing pink. And,finally, to compound it all, we were gubbed 3-0.

Admittedly, we beat Slovakia at Hampden in this get up, but that merely cancelled out the 3-0 drubbing suffered when similarly dressed in Trnava. And, when it was finally confirmed we wouldn’t be going to the World Cup in Russia, this is what we were wearing. One for the bin.

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8. Ken Buchanan 1968-1975

HIT: If you took the silhouette of a boxer, in a fighting pose, you would be hard pressed to name them. Put a pair of tartan trunks on them however, and in an instant fight fans the world over would recognise it as being Ken Buchanan.

Just as Jackie Stewart was identifiable from the tartan band around his race helmet, so Buchanan became equally well known for his tartan attire, a trade mark that went global when he won the world lightweight title in 1970.

Having lost his crown to Roberto Duran, infamously beaten at Madison Square Gardens when felled by a low blow from Duran in 1973, Buchanan met a future world champion, Jim Watt, in what proved to be an epic 15-rounder for the British title, the opening show for the new St Andrew’s Sporting Club in Glasgow. Buchanan gave a boxing masterclass to win.

Career wise, Buchanan would never again reach the heights achieved in the early part of the decade, when he famously graced the cover of the Ring magazine, which proclaimed; “Buchanan No.1 In Fistic Cleverness.”

They were not wrong.

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7. Rangers 1968 - 1973

HIT: Rangers had maintained the same style from the early 1920s right through to the late 60s. That meant blue shirts with white collars or necks, white shorts, and black and red socks.

What the club opted for in 1968 was radical in terms of jettisoning the norm.

The shirts became all blue and without a collar, but most noticeably, the club adopted red and white socks. A seismic shift, but that was something that was also being sought on the pitch.

Celtic had overtaken Rangers in terms of success, and a barren spell in the Ibrox trophy room was ended with a League Cup final win over their Old Firm rivals, although Celtic gained revenge in the Scottish Cup decider.

Still, by reaching that final, it qualified Rangers for the Cup-Winners’ Cup – and the rest is history.

Rangers beat Rennes, Sporting Lisbon and Torino, then Bayern Munich, a team that would dominate in Europe over coming years and provide the backbone for West Germany at international level. It secured Rangers a place in the final, where they beat Moscow Dynamo 3-2, and this strip a place in the history books. Evening Times:

6. Scotland 1976-78

HIT:This kit, launched in 1976, was adorned by thousands during what became one of the most tumultuous and rollercoaster periods in the history of the Scottish International team. In so many ways, these were the glory years for the Scots, and, this kit became both our battle dress and party clothes.

We won the Home International Championship in 1976 when beating England at Hampden, then repeated the feat a year later at Wembley. But sights had been set on bigger targets.

Commercially, no Scotland shirt had ever sold in such vast quantities, almost entirely because there had never been such a demand previously.

But this was, of course, the strip we would be wearing when we won the World Cup in Argentina, wasn’t it?

We were on the march with Ally’s Army, and, Ally MacLeod had told us often enough that this would be our year, and we believed. What could possibly go wrong? The answer, plenty.

Me, I blamed the blue shorts we wore against Peru and Iran, because in white, we beat Holland. Simple. But what a great strip ...

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