sells Rangers and Celtic combined
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Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeTHEY conquered all before them in the race to win everything on the pitch.
Now football superstars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have made Barcelona more popular among young Scottish fans than Celtic and Rangers combined.
Like the Spanish giants, who play at the Nou Camp, both Glasgow clubs launched kits this summer.
But retailers say the result so far has been a familiar one to anyone who watched last season’s Champions League a Barcelona drubbing.
## ## The new Nike launch features the club’s iconic claret, blue and yellow colours but this time in an unfamiliar hoops design instead of stripes.
Retailers have been forced to reorder within days and stores say sales and pre orders are up
130 per cent on last year.
Miller Greaves, director of Greaves Sports in Glasgow, says their two stores have almost sold out of the first drop of the kit, which was released on May 26.
He said: “We always knew it was going to be popular but it has been better than expected.
“We’ve sold a couple of hundred jerseys, easily more than the Old Firm combined.
“Years ago, they used to be our biggest launches but that’s totally changed now and it’s all about the European and big English teams.
Barcelona celebrate after winning the Champions League
“Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been very popular and are probably our top two. We’ve had to restock our Messi shirts.
“I think the popularity is partly down to them winning the Champions League and also the fact this year isn’t an international tournament year. There haven’t been any new football kits since October last year.”
Greaves expect to receive more stock by mid July and are taking pre orders. The 2015 kids’ blue, red and gold home kit costs 42, with a junior strip with socks, top and shorts costing 78.
Chain store JD Sports have also reported soaring Scottish sales and revealed they had to order extra stock to cope with demand. A spokeswoman said: “As a rule, international kits tend to be very popular in our Scottish JD stores.
“The Barcelona kit is far outstripping expectations. We put this down to a few things.
“There’s obviously the success of the team in the Champions League and all the media hype around Messi but there’s also a change in the design it’s gone from vertical stripes to horizontal hoops.