Could Highland League move open doors for Rangers youngsters?
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Could Rangers Colts become a reality thanks to Highland League?

Rangers have long been in favour of the addition of Colt teams to the Scottish league system – and a reported move by the Highland League could finally open doors for the Gers.
According to the BBC, an imbalance of teams caused Cove Rangers’ promotion to the SPFL has left the Highland League looking at how to deal with having an odd number of teams next season.

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One of the proposals is that Championship side Inverness Caley Thistle fielding a Colt team – although opinion is said to be split.
Rangers have been pushing to field a Colt team for a number of years and have so far only succeeded in getting entry to the Challenge Cup.

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With Inverness potentially having a team in the Highland League Rangers could now pursue entry to the Lowland League, or one of its feeder leagues, in a bid to provide a pathway to first-team football for the Gers youngsters.
The recent expansion below the Lowland League has seen an influx of Junior teams from the East region into the senior league pyramid – with clubs from the West region expected to follow before long.

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As Rangers continue to push for entry to the SPFL for Colt teams, finding a way into the league pyramid at a lower level may be a short-term fix.
If Highland League clubs do decide to allow Inverness to enter a Colt team then it’s difficult to see similar moves by Rangers be blocked.

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