Edinburgh: Scotland may be out of the World Cup, but it leads the globe on one footballing frontier - testing out a new range of all-weather soccer gear.
US sportswear giant Under Armour has handpicked two players from the ranks of the Scottish junior leagues to trial shirts, shorts, socks and boots which provide “head to toe” protection against the elements.
Chris Taylor and Kevin MacDonald, from Glasgow, were chosen from thousands of players by the expanding company to try out its new kit over a six-month period.
As well as the waterproof boots, the pair has been given the company’s specially made weather-resistant tops and shorts to try out in Scotland’s harsh winter climate, the News of The World reports.
The boots are made from kangaroo leather, renowned for its water-resistant qualities.
The shirt is made with specially formulated polyester containing “perforated microfibre”.
MacDonald, 26, a betting shop manager, plays for Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. Taylor, 31, plays for Ayrshire side Darvel, and travels from his Glasgow home for training and matches.
The company’s decision to choose Scotland as a testing ground for their waterproof football kit was backed by ex-players yesterday.