Rangers’ Colts proposal has split clubs in the lower divisions of the Scottish pyramid as the Gers look to find a solution to the reconstruction impasse following the enforced shutdown of the domestic game – but what do clubs actually stand to gain from it?
With both Rangers and Celtic having Colts in the proposed 18-team third tier, the plan includes ‘joining fees’ to be paid over the next few years totalling £700,000.
That would see each tier three club immediately receive just over £15000 without a ball even being kicked this season with each club also getting a minimum of £2000 (possibly £4000 if it also includes the Colts home fixtures) for the rights to stream the games live.
There’s also a commitment to purchase 200 tickets for every away game – in advance – at a cost of £15 per ticket giving handing over a further £6000 to each of the clubs in the division.
That’s a potential £25000 each for clubs before you factor in any additional increases in sponsorship, ticket sales, matchday income or other concessions made.
Rangers and Celtic could also look at waiving any prize-money due based on the Colts’ finishing position in the league, further increasing the pot available to the others at a time when clubs are looking how to maximise every last penny coming in.
Accepting Rangers’ proposal would be a substantial financial boost for the other 16 clubs who would be in tier three with them – and will continue to reap rewards for years to come.
Rangers have made the case for why they think the club would benefit from Colts having a spot in the league and the current proposal is the first time there’s been any serious financial detail behind it.
Brora’s chairman, William Powrie, called it a ‘no brainer’ for clubs and it is easy to see why looking at the figures – hopefully, clubs decide to vote with their brains and open the door for Colts to take a place in the league.