Nike have unveiled the new Celtic third kit which pays homage to the history of the club, but with a contemporary colour and design.
The third shirt is a vivid yellow with a series of thin black hoops, which double in size at their half-way point from two directions to create an overall quartered effect. The sleeves are vivid yellow and the collar is a black crew neck. The kit is inspired by a former Celtic away kit, first worn in the 1926-27 season, which featured quarters of solid green and white. This design has been updated, to combine the iconic hoops from the home shirt with the same yellow and black combination which was first used on a Celtic kit in the late 1990s. The third kit shorts are black with a yellow stripe on the back near the bottom of each leg, while the socks are yellow with a black band at the top, and two black hoops with ‘CFC’ featured in the centre on the back of each calf.
While the history and tradition of the club is present in the shirt design, the new third kit is made from recycled polyester. The lightweight playing kits (13% lighter than previous versions) actively regulate the players’ body temperatures on the pitch to keep them dry and cool at all times through use of Nike Dri-FIT technology. This technology draws sweat away from the player’s body through the material where it can evaporate.
Temperature regulation is helped by ventilation zones, consisting of hundreds of tiny laser cut holes from the under arms to the waistband, allowing air to circulate to keep players dry, cool and comfortable. The club crest on the front of the shirt is heat transferred, making it even lighter and crucially allowing this area to now be ventilated as well. The shirt has a new aerodynamic fit this season, now slimmer and more athletic, providing 17% more stretch than the Celtic shirt of two years ago while a bonded hem offers a streamlined look that reduces irritation caused by chafing.
To complement the new match day kit Nike will launch a unique Celtic line of training and lifestyle clothing for both players and fans to wear on and off the pitch.
The kit and extended line is available for pre-order from 26 May 2011