Two former Scottish football players have created a Euros-inspired range of Scotland ’22’ tops as part of their clothing brand.
Steven Robb and Mark Corcoran, who count Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo among fans of their brand, are getting set to launch their first Euros-inspired range.
One top references Scotland’s first appearance at a major tournament in over two decades.
The pair of entrepreneurs, who launched the clothing line Bee Inspired from a flat in the Gorbals in 2013, both had respected careers in Scottish football before moving into clothing.
Steven played for both Dundee and Dundee United while Mark played for St Mirren and Ross County.
Inspired by iconic players of Euros tournaments from the past, the new collection features six tops from players (and one from Europe’s most famous referee) including Germany’s Rudi Voller, France’s Zinedane Zidane, the Netherland’s Ruud Gullit and England’s Terry Butcher.
All players known for having had legendary moments or games at the famous tournament.
Speaking about the inspiration for the line, Steven, said: “Right from the beginning the clothing we’ve made has always been inspired by our love of football, coming from a football background it’s always been at the forefront of our minds.
“The new range is inspired by those players who have provided great memories for fans like us.”
They added it was important for them to celebrate Scotland’s success at finally reaching the European big stage after 22 long years.
Mark added: “Me and Robbo were both buzzing when Scotland qualified as it’s such a massive achievement. I mean it’s been such a long time since we were last there, we were both teenagers when they last qualified.
“We obviously also know quite a few of the boys that have played and qualified for the Scotland team so we are buzzing for them as well, so we wanted to do something to celebrate the occasion, and obviously we extended that out into the Euros Collection.”
They decided to name the Scotland top in their new range after Line of Duty actor Martin Compston, who used to play for Greenock Morton FC.
Mark said: “We chose the name Compston as a nod to Martin, he’s a Scottish guy that’s an ex-player like us and he’s helped us out a lot by wearing our stuff on TV shows like Gogglebox, as a proud fellow Scot we wanted to have a way to pay him back a little.”
The pair joked they are looking forward to the tournament and hope Scotland do well, as they don’t want to have to “wait the same amount of time again” to see them at another tournament.
Steven is particularly keen to share the experience with his son.
He said: “My young lad Owen is Scotland daft, and he’s just a bit younger than I was when Scotland got to France 98, so it’ll be good to see it through his eyes.”
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