Rangers have long advocated for the introduction of Colt teams into the SPFL – and Lowland League chairman George Fraser has confirmed that the idea has been suggested as part of the ongoing reconstruction talks.
Fraser is part of the reconstruction group formed by the SPFL as they look at how to come out of the enforced shutdown and the idea of allowing some form of Colt teams has been broached – although it apparently lacks any real support.
As reconstruction debate within the SPFL continues, George Fraser says that colt teams have been mentioned – although it’s likely to come in the future.
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Rangers Colts reached the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup, losing to Inverness Caley Thistle, and have shown they have the quality to compete with senior sides, as the club regularly push to allow them into the league pyramid.
“There have been many ideas on the table and the Colts thing has been mentioned a couple of times,” Fraser told 12 Yards Out.
“I get the sense there’s not a massive appetite for that at the moment. It’s something that may be a wee bit away, I know Rangers and Celtic may love to have that new model in but I just get the feeling there’s not a great appetite for it at this stage.
“It would certainly be one way of shaking things up, that’s for sure. Further down the line, it will eventually happen but maybe not in the foreseeable future.
“The unpredictability of the situation is what is keeping these talks going and everyone is trying to second guess what will happen in five or six months time and what position we will be in.
“There’s a lot of guesswork when we talk about reconstruction – and we shouldn’t close the door on it – but at this moment in time I just get the sense everyone is happy to take stock of the situation and try to consolidate what they’ve got.”
Allowing Colts to join the league set up and play senior sides would be a massive step in their development and help young players reach their potential rather than stagnating in reserve games with little pressure.
While it seems there is still some work to be done to convince clubs of the value Colts could add, it would appear only to be a matter of time before it becomes a reality and Rangers get their wish.