Rangers and Scotland hero Ally McCoist stitches up England rival in suit prank
Scotland hero Ally McCoist pranked England rival Jermaine Jenas with a hilarious Saltire suit stich-up ahead of the two nations meeting at Euro 2020 next week. The East Kilbride star, who scored Scotland's last goal at a European Championships against Switzerland at Euro '96 and faced England at ...
Scotland hero Ally McCoist pranked England rival Jermaine Jenas with a hilarious Saltire suit stich-up ahead of the two nations meeting at Euro 2020 next week.
The East Kilbride star, who scored Scotland's last goal at a European Championships against Switzerland at Euro '96 and faced England at the tournament down south, loves a practical joke.
And the Rangers legend was more than happy to get involved in winding-up fellow ex-pro Jenas.
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Ally teamed up with Euro 2020 sponsors Heineken to convince former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder that he’d been given the honour of modelling a specially made commemorative suit to mark the 60 th anniversary of the European Championship.
But what Jenas didn't know was that Ally was directing the suit design, photo shoot and a fake live broadcast behind the scenes.
And even TV presenter Emma Dodds got in on the act.
Watch Ally prank Jermaine in the video above.
The ruse began with a fitting at a Savile Row tailor, where Jermaine was measured up by an over-assertive tailor, played by an actor.
Having obtained Jermaine’s measurements, McCoist briefed the tailor to provide the surprise addition to the bespoke suit – a giant Saltire on the back.
In the video, Jenas becomes increasingly unsettled and distracted by the peculiar behaviour of the tailor on set and by the questions fired at him by Emma.
With Jermaine distracted, he had no idea that the jacket had been switched, resulting in him obliviously posing in Ally’s cheeky design.
When Emma asks Jermaine to check out the back of the jacket on the monitor, he instantly realises he’s been duped, which is the cue for Ally, accompanied by a piper playing Scotland the Brave, to storm the set, with McCoist quipping: "That's you 25 per cent Scottish now!"
McCoist, who will also be commentating on games at the tournament and providing analysis, said: “Jermaine is a dapper fellow who can strike a pose even better than he could a football.
"We just knew he wouldn’t be able to resist the offer of tailor-made suit and a photoshoot.
"Everyone present could see what was on his back apart from him and I took great pleasure in getting him to model it for the camera. Jermaine’s face was an absolute picture when he realised he’d been stitched up.
"This is a victory for the Scots and I’ll raise my glass for another one at Wembley!”
Jermaine Jenas said: "I like my fashion and nothing seemed out of the ordinary about the shoot until I realised that I was being broadcast with the flag of our biggest rivals spread across my back.
"When Ally appeared out of nowhere, the penny dropped as there were a few other Scottish references throughout the day.
"Hopefully, England will take the victory on June 18 and that might keep even Ally McCoist quiet.”
Michael Gillane, UK Marketing Director for Heineken, said: “This is the oldest rivalry in world football and fans of both nations have been enjoying the passion and drama of it for generations.
"We’ve all missed live football and to be able to come back together and enjoy the friendly rivalry once again, really makes the experience all the richer.
"We’ve had to wait an extra year for the kick-off and as Official Partner for the UEFA EURO 2020 this is a unique occasion for fans to finally come back together, get behind their team and enjoy the rivalry over a Heineken once more.”
Scotland kick-off their Euro 2020 campaign on Monday when they host Czech Republic at Hampden, followed by England at Wembley on June 18 and Croatia back at Hampden for the final Group D game on June 22.