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Argentine football side honours Scottish roots with ‘beautiful’ saltire strip

ARGENTINA are the best nation in world football right now – and Scotland are the nation which gave them the sport.

Alexander ‘Alejandro’ Watson Hutton founded the Argentine Football Association back in February 1893. 

The new saltire strip will be worn for the first time this weekend


The new saltire strip will be worn for the first time this weekend

We told you back in August how the Professional League Cup in that country will use a special match ball emblazoned with a saltire in his honour.

And now Argentine club side Rosario Central have unveiled a new Umbro third strip which features a saltire.

One detail features the date 12/24/1889, which remembers that a group of football enthusiasts from the Central Argentine Railway of Rosario decided to create a club called Central Argentine Railway Athletic Club.

They duly elected the Scot Colin Bain Calder as president and the club was born.

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The message on social read: “Our birth, our origin. We present the new official Rosario Central 3 shirt.

“From Scotland to the world and since 1889 for life.”

As fate has it, among Rosario Central’s player list right now is a man with a distinctly Scottish-sounding name in the form of Francis Mac Allister.

He’s actually the brother of Argentine World Cup hero and Liverpool star Alexis Mac Allister.

Despite being born in Santa Rosa, Argentina, the family ancestry of the Mac Allister clan can be traced back to Scotland and also Ireland.

It is believed that the Mac Allister family originates from Fife before they moved to Dublin in the 1800s and eventually emigrating to Argentina to set up a farm.

The design will be worn for the first time against River Plate but Rosario fans are split on the new design.

The reaction – particularly among Scotland fans – was hugely positive.

One fan wrote simply: “Where can I get one?”

Another said: “Will these be on sale in Scotland ? Pretty please with a pint of 80/-“

A third said “That’s beautiful”.

A fourth said: “They should be invited to play in the Petrofac Cup next season.”

But the reaction seemed more mixed among Argentinian fans on social media, where of course many rival fans can pass comment too.

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One wrote: “A three year old boy designed it.”

Another said: “We are in the presence of the worst shirt in the history of Central.”

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