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Scotland’s new football kit contains strange symbol

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Scotland have launched a new kit that has a strange-looking symbol on it.

The new national team strip was unveiled on Wednesday, and there is a welcome return for a traditional Scottish fabric, with a neat Tartan trim included alongside the traditional navy blue.

There is another symbol on the shirt, which at first glance appears to be some form of abstract logo.

But it is actually a spider design, a spider which symbolises an ancient military victory against the English.

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The legend goes that 14th century king of Scotland Robert the Bruce was taking refuge from England’s King Edward I in a cave.

In that cave, Robert saw a spider, which went on to weave a web despite the conditions causing it to struggle. Eventually the spider succeeded, inspiring Robert to victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

It seems a bit strange that a new-age Scotland strip should pay homage to a defeat of the English in battle – perhaps ironically, their last football encounter ended in a victory for England.

Scotland's new Adidas kit will make its debut in an international friendly against the United States on Friday night.

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