How the next Celtic kits might look as Adidas tap into the past

By Euan Davidson

November 18, 2021

Football shirt enthusiasts, Celtic jersey collectors, adidas fans; rejoice, all. Because it looks as if the German brand are going back to the mid 00s.

You might remember the Teamgeist template, made famous by Zidane, Ballack and more circa 2006. The bold designs included a neat neck design, swooshing lines down the sides and the badges in the centre of the chest.

They were smart. Very smart indeed. From clubs to countries, Columbus Crew and AC Milan to Argentina and Germany, the Teamgeist template was a popular one. And, according to Lacasaca via Classic Football Shirts, it’s a trend making a return.

Here, you can see designs for teams including Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Notably, Celtic also have their kits made by Adidas. It follows that, should the Teamgeist template come roaring back, it’ll be utilised for a potentially classic Celtic jersey.

The adidas designs thus far have been pretty excellent. Both home kits have looked clean and uncluttered, while the away kits have been quite bold. This year’s third kit, a pink, white and green effort, divided opinion when it was leaked. But go to any Celtic game and you’ll see plenty wearing it.

What we’d like is for Celtic to utilise black and gold again. Last year’s black kit was outstanding, but something reminiscent of the Black Magic kit from 2003-5 [Celtic FC] in this design? Bellisimo.

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If Teamgeist design talk is right, adidas and Celtic could be on verge of a belter

As 67 Hail Hail’s resident football shirt enthusiast, I have some ideas. We should bring the bumblebee kit back. We should have a yellow away kit again, and stop making dark green ones.

They’re the kind of radical views that elicit an “er, right mate”. But there’s a real enthusiasm for kit design and classic jerseys these days. That’s something adidas are more than aware of, and have exploited to the hilt.

Their efforts for Arsenal, for example, often hark back to classic 90s silhouettes. Ironically, to a time when Arsenal were boring, but the kits weren’t.

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Look, kit talk is interesting. It just is. The hype around new releases every year speaks for itself.

And fine, we’re not even at Christmas yet, but it’s exciting to think what adidas could do combining the Teamgeist template and the Celtic colours.

I’m sure we’ll see lots of mock-ups and concept designs in the weeks to come.

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