Controversial proposals to reconstruct the SPFL pyramid to introduce Rangers and Celtic B teams have been rejected by the other member clubs of the SPFL.

The proposals – which would see the SPFL expanded from 42 to 48 clubs – failed to receive enough support at an indicative vote.

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Rangers want to use the B Team to help bleed their best young talent. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The paper put forward detailed plans where a total of six clubs would be introduced to the SPFL pyramid system over the next three seasons.

This would then see the bottom three SPFL tiers in Scotland expanded from 10 to 12 teams [BBC Sport].

Via this model there would be no relegation from the bottom of League 2 for the next three campaigns and by season 2024-25 there would be four leagues of 12 teams, with two sides each joining from the Highland League and Lowland League, along with the Old Firm B teams.

This proposal was drawn up by an ‘innovation group’ established by the Scottish FA, which was made up of Stewart Robertson (Rangers), Steve Brown (St Johnstone), Gerry Britton (Partick Thistle), Iain McMenemy (Stenhousemuir) and George Fraser (Lowland League).

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However, the proposal has failed to gather sufficient support and has fallen significantly short of the backing required to bring forward a written resolution.

 

These proposals come after Rangers and Celtic were allowed to introduce B teams to the Lowland League this season in an exciting experiment in what is essentially the fifth tier of Scottish football.

Those plans are specifically for one season only but Rangers have continuously been clear that they believe in a working B or Colts team model in Scotland.

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Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson and sporting director Ross Wilson are big advocates of the B Team model. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

“This is a concept that is clearly to our benefit and we have been really, really open about that, albeit we have built a plan which included benefits for many other people as well, in our opinion, as well as respecting that other people might have different views that we need to listen to,” said Wilson.

“There may be other strategies that other people have in mind that can position player development much further up the agenda here in Scotland.

“However, we haven’t really seen any progress at all on some of the things that we think are to the betterment of Scottish football and player development in particular.

“Those things are steeped in data and research, not just something we have plucked out of thin air. They are concepts that have worked in other countries.

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“The second frustration is that, although our plans haven’t moved forward, we have also not seen any other plans moved forward from anyone else or from the top of the Scottish game.”

Meanwhile, the Rangers B team continue their preparations ahead of the Lowland League season with an impressive win against League One opposition.

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