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 100-91

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.

Read more: Sport Times' 100 Most Memorable Scottish Kits: Numbers 90-81 featuring Rangers, Airdrie and St Mirren​

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)

80. Cillian Sheridan 2011

HIT: When Cillian Sheridan appeared on Sportscene in December 2011, little did we know that Christmas would never be the same again.

Within minutes, Sheridan was trending on social media, not because he was a record marksman or a contender for the Ballon D’or, but because he decided to wear his Christmas jumper.

It takes balls to appear on TV in a red, roll neck sweater. But one with fir trees and stars on the front. That’s bravery above and beyond.

Since then, like ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ or ‘Home Alone’, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Cillian’s jumper making its annual appearance.

Whether intentional, or just pleasing his granny, Sheridan’s fashion statement has reached iconic proportions.

It could also be suggested that it was the high point of his time in Scotland.

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79. Scotland 2007 Six Nations

MISS: The decision making process, around whether a particular jersey or shirt is good or bad isn’t scientific, more just fickle. 

Often it is based, like a great many things in sport, entirely on results; if you win, it is a lucky top, therefore a good one. If you lose, well you can work the rest out.

That was most certainly the case with this offering from 2007 when Scotland wore it, at Murrayfield, against the Italians.

Within the first six minutes, the game was out of reach for the hosts, the normally vociferous local support silenced as Italy ran in three tries – all converted – to lead 21-0, the first of them coming after just 18 seconds.

Scotland did score a couple themselves, but it was Italy who ran out 37-17 winners to claim a first ever Six Nations away victory. But forget the poor decision making and defence. 

It was the jersey at fault.Evening Times:

78. St Johnstone 1996 (Away)

MISS: The 90s were, for the most part, a successful decade for 
St Johnstone. The were promoted to the top flight, twice, and reached the latter stages of cup competitions, including a League Cup final, losing to Rangers.

The Perth club also signed some decent players during that period. All in, they were good days. Which is probably why the strip that makes today’s hall of shame was so easily forgotten about.

On first viewing, one journalist quipped it look like the bottom of the Aegean Sea. For me, its more akin to a DNA profiling test.

Either way, this aqua, bluey-greeny, teal, silver and black combo took a bit of getting used to, as did another change kit from that period, the navy and purple halves. 

I’m not sure if some of the sponsors wares were being imbibed at the time, but this was certainly a cracker.Evening Times:

77. Team Scotland Glasgow 2014

HIT: There was so much planning went on ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow there was no possibility that the organisers or Team Scotland could get it wrong. Was there?

In the past, the Scotland team had been given various garb 
to wear during the pursuit of medals, not always that inspiring either.

But for Glasgow, the general consensus was – especially among those who mattered most, namely the athletes – that any Scot competing in track or field was going to look the part.

There was little sign of the dark blue that had dominated other vests. Instead, white became the colour of choice, decorated with the faded purples and blues featured in the designs that had dominated the backdrop to the Games. Scotland never looked better.
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76. St Mirren 1962 - 63

MISS: You might recall what was said the other day about a Rangers away kit from the 90’s that featured striped shorts and how there would be a more shocking version later in this series. Well behold!

Having jettisoned stripes on their shirt a few years earlier, St Mirren decided to reintroduced their famous livery in 1962. What no-one had banked on was the stripes appearing below the waist.

Now, such a configuration might be acceptable in America, especially if your name is the Harlem Globetrotters. But a fitba team from Paisley, are you sure?

The whole experience appears to have left many a good Buddie mentally scarred.

While the Saints have experimented since 64/65 with their accustomed shirt stripes (and one or two of those might feature again over coming days), striped shorts were thankfully just a one-off. 

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75. Morton (Away) 1993-1995

MISS: There was a time when a splash of tartan on football shirts was all the rage. The Scotland national team did it, as did Raith Rovers (all following a lead set by Dundee for a tour to South Africa in 1953).

The infection even spread south of the border, with those well known ‘Scots’ clubs Notts County and Norwich even dabbling in plaid.

But no-one was as afflicted as those at Morton. While Scotland and Raith were somewhat understated, the Greenock club went for the equivalent of a tartan vindaloo. And that was just the blue home kit. The away version (pictured) was vindaloo with added chillies!

Unlike their failed 2016 strip, there was no backing down or out of this design. Fair play to Morton for going for broke and sticking with it. And while they returned to a red tartan recently, it is nowhere near as scary as this 90’s number. 

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74. Partick Thistle 1999-2000

HIT: Partick Thistle over the years had gone through the entire gambit of colour schemes and design permutations during the 70s, 80s and 90s. But as a new century beckoned, the Jags opted for a retro look that dated back to 1935, and ran through to the early 70’s.

And quite simply, that meant hooped shirts and white shorts.
Colour imagery of yesteryear is rare for one very good reason; in the newspaper world, they printed in black and white, so there was no need to shoot in colour. Anyway, that was also expensive.

There are not too many followers of the Harry Wraggs who can recall how they looked in the 1930’s.

But thankfully, the Jags returned to what the vast majority of older Thistle – and football fans in general – consider a ‘traditional’ kit. 

A favourite with many, yes, but not Thistle’s most successful.Evening Times:

73. East Stirlingshire 1992-1993

MISS: It wasn’t just the big teams in the big leagues who turned their attentions to exotic designs during the early 90s. It even spread to Falkirk, and in particular, East Stirling, or East Stirlingshire to give them their Sunday name.

Gone were the black and white hoops, and even the black pinstripe from a few years before.

Instead, in came this offering. 

Calling it radical compared to what had gone before is something on an understatement.

The hoops were still there, in part. But topping off the shirt and the  shorts was a diamond pattern.

Remember, this is East Stirling we’re talking about here. Allegedly, on seeing the new offering, on board member asked who was responsible for it.

Given the sponsors name was spread across the front – namely Reebok – that might have been considered by some as a clue.Evening Times:

72. Dundee 1994

HIT: Dundee’s dark blue has given them unbroken service as their home strip for more than 40 years. But when it came to designs, particularly with their away outfits (as you may have read already on this page), the Dens Park club were never shy about experimenting.

Arguably the best – and certainly the favourite among most Dundee supporters – was this tidy effort from the mid 90s, affectionately referred to as their ‘Sampdoria’ kit.

Sadly, there would be an unfortunate case of getting what you wished, given the effect certain Italians (who will remain nameless, mostly for legal reasons) had on the club in later years.

Even when this kit was in vogue, it perhaps helped the Dundee fans dream of better things and forget the off-field shenanigans that were going on, with plans for Dens Park to make way for a greyhound racing track, a hotel and an ice rink.Evening Times:

71. Scotland 2002 - 2003

MISS: While Scotland had been doing some mad, even bad things with away kits from the mid-80’s onwards, our blue jerseys had remained somewhat unscathed, albeit apart from a few tweaks with trim and collars.

That all changed when the in-house designers at Fila got to play with it.
What they delivered, in addition to white socks, was a jersey, cruelly compared to a butcher’s apron. 

In saying that, after only managing a 2-2 draw with the Faroe Islands, and with Iceland next up, it was suggested that a few of the players should perhaps see if they could get a job at their local Safeway, who were sponsors of the national team at the time.

Nevertheless, Scotland still made the play-offs. This kit, however, had by then been shoved in the bag for the football charity to send abroad.Evening Times: