Rangers and Celtic given green light to propose fresh plans over B teams entering Scotland’s League Two as Glasgow clubs offer up to £1m to seal agreement
- Rangers and Celtic will propose entering B teams into Scotland’s League Two
- A proposal to admit colts teams into senior football was rejected last summer
- The Glasgow clubs are offering up to £1million as part of the agreement
- Ibrox managing director Stewart Robertson is chairing a working group
New plans are under discussion for Celtic and Rangers colts teams to enter an expanded 16-team League Two.
A Rangers proposal to admit Old Firm B sides to the senior leagues as part of a league reconstruction blueprint failed to garner enough support from clubs last summer.
Following a request to the SFA’s Professional Game Board, however, Ibrox managing director Stewart Robertson has been given the green light to come up with a fresh bid – with the Glasgow clubs offering up to £1million as part of the agreement.
Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson has been given the green light to come up with a fresh bid over Old Firm sides entering B teams into Scotland’s League Two
A working group chaired by Robertson, which includes Steve Brown of St Johnstone, Partick Thistle’s Gerry Britton, Stenhousemuir chairman Iain McMenemy and George Fraser of the Lowlands League, is swaying towards a proposal which would admit two colts teams, two teams from the Highland League and two from the Lowlands League to a bottom division beefed up from ten to 16.
The group have already met twice, with more discussions pencilled in for this month.
The hope is that a paper could be put to club chairmen in time to alter the league structure ahead of next season.
Rangers’ proposal to admit Old Firm B sides into senior football failed to win support last year
Privately, senior figures within the SFA and SPFL are sceptical that this latest attempt to shoehorn Old Firm youth players into the senior leagues will sway clubs who voted against it in the summer.
To sweeten the pill, Rangers and Celtic propose to pay an initial £125,000 for their B teams to join the league set-up, with further payments making up an overall injection of funds of £1m.
There is also a pledge for the Glasgow clubs to buy a minimum of 200 £15 tickets for every away game.
Both ideas are likely to feature in a revised options paper being put together by the working group.
And, to counter opposition to league reconstruction amongst Premiership and Championship teams, an expansion of League Two is seen as the path of least resistance.
There is concern that Old Firm teams could play youth players one week and a handful of first team players the next
Sticking points to be resolved include the cash distribution breakdown and a glass ceiling on how high the Colts teams would go in the league set-up.
Concern also surrounds the integrity of the competition amidst fears that the Old Firm could play youth players one week and a handful of first team players the next.
In order to pass, any proposal needs the backing of 75 per cent across the Championship and Leagues One and Two – and 11 in the Premiership.
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