The B teams of Rangers and Celtic could be suspended from the Lowland League if an ongoing issue isn’t resolved quickly, according to the Daily Mail.
The Gers and the Hoops saw B teams controversially accepted into the fifth-tier league ahead of the 2021/22 campaign for one season and one season only.
Neither team are eligible for promotion but the move allowed talented young players from the Old Firm clubs access to much-needed regular competitive football.
The Young Gers have fared particularly well so far, taking 27 points from their opening ten fixtures, leaving them second in the table, one point behind Bonnyrigg Rose and with two games in hand.
Last season’s rules don’t recognise B teams and the SFA are reportedly in no rush to approve a new set which would give the league the power to nominate their own champions for the end-of-season pyramid playoffs, in the event that Rangers or Celtic B finish top of the table.
It’s asserted that the SFA could suspend the Old Firm B teams unless an agreement is reached and declare all results involving them null and void.
Lowland League vice-chairman Graeme Mullin has reportedly turned to member clubs seeking solutions.
‘We are now faced with a major decision on how to gain the Scottish FA approval of the rules that were adopted at the AGM in May 2021,’ Mullin is said to have written.
‘The alternative to this is to refer back to version 15 of our rules, which would regretfully involve the suspension of the guest clubs and the voiding of all associated results to date.’
Rangers and Celtic B teams to be suspended?
Academy bosses at Rangers and Celtic will be hoping that an agreement can be thrashed out as soon as possible so that this drastic situation doesn’t come to fruition.
The Lowland League isn’t the ideal standard for the Young Gers to be competing at, as several very one-sided scorelines so far this season evidence.
However, the regular competitive fixtures are extremely important for many youngsters whose footballing development was severely impacted by the pandemic and suspension would deprive them of opportunities to impress.
Rangers B’s next scheduled league fixture is away to Gala Fairydean Rovers on 25 September.
The first team are in Europa League action on Thursday night and ahead of the game, the Gers have edged ahead of Leicester and streaked clear of two other British clubs in a big UEFA poll.