Rangers could be set to get their wish as colt teams could be added to the Scottish Championship as part of a major shake-up.
BBC Scotland is reporting that by 2020/21, the Scottish second tier could become a 12-team league.
They are claiming that “prolonged talks” have taken place between SPFL clubs over the move, which could see two Premiership sides add colt teams to the division. No prizes for guessing who that’d be.

The concept of colt teams is something which very much interests Rangers. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The proposed new system would see a new 44 club pyramid across the SPFL, which could also see the merging of league’s One and Two, with teams in the Championship playing a whopping 44 games each.

 

The BBC report that options that are being considered include:

  • No relegation from next season’s Championship, with the top two teams in League One receiving automatic promotion.

  • Retaining Leagues One and Two in their current format with one club from the Highland League and one from the Lowland League entering.

  • Introducing two colt teams from Premiership clubs.

Rangers have not been shy in encouraging the idea of colt teams in Scotland. Mark Allen was very outspoken about the idea back in November. He described it as the “only thing” holding Scottish football back [originally The Herald].
Rangers want to introduce colt teams in Scotland to help develop younger talent and ensure they are prepared to play the adult game. A real surplus of talented youngsters at both Old Firm clubs have no real competitive outlet to develop their game.

Colt teams would mean youngsters like this talented group of U18s would get exposure to adult football earlier. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The idea is that by harnessing these colt teams, in the style of clubs all over Europe, both Rangers and Celtic can develop much better talent. This impacts the league positively, as well as the standard of young Scottish player.
It is a developing discussion, and it’s certainly one to watch going forward.
But should Rangers take this leap, then they’d do well to involve Steven Gerrard in the discussion

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