The National:

THE Tories can’t do it. Labour can’t do it. But a German supermarket chain can.

Lidl has been hit with a wave of gratitude from Scots on social media after doing what the UK’s biggest parties have long failed to do – stand up for Scotland.

A tweet by the supermarket’s UK account has gone viral after it hit back at rival Aldi – which suggested that it had invented the square sausage on Tuesday.

Promoting its “sausedge” on Twitter, Aldi claimed the “patty-shaped pork has been designed to fit perfectly into sandwiches,” adding that it “allows hungry customers to throw together a butty without spending ages cutting up bangers”.

Eagle-eyed Scots quickly pointed out, however, that their ingenious creation looked somewhat familiar.

READ MORE: Aldi leaves Scots in shock after claiming to invent square sausage

Discount chain rivals Lidl were keen to ensure that Aldi received all the praise that they deserved.

Helpfully suggesting other things Aldi could take credit for, Lidl GB tweeted: “Things Aldi also claim to have invented:
1. Irn Bru
2. Haggis
3. The Proclaimers
4. Yer Da Selling Avon”

Its fair to say the response went down well with Scots – with several famous names chipping in.

Runrig added a fifth suggestion to Lidl’s list:

Game of Thrones star Daniel Portman voiced his approval:

MP Gavin Newlands added: 

Aldi tried, in vain, to wriggle free of the controversy. 

Here a few more of the best replies: