Rangers and rivals in multi-million offer to push through major SPFL change - report
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Rangers and Celtic in multi-million offer to push through major SPFL change - report

According to the Scottish Sun, Rangers and Celtic have offered a combined £3 million to buy spaces in the SPFL pyramid for Colts teams.

The Colts debate has come up many times in recent years, with Rangers making it clear that they think their young players would benefit from regular competitive football against senior opposition.

Rangers and Celtic are reportedly offering a combined £3m to SPFL League One and Two clubs. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Previous efforts to convince the footballing authorities and other clubs have proved unsuccessful, but it seems that the Gers and the Hoops are launching a new bid.


The Scottish Sun reports that the Old Firm clubs have each offered £1.5m to be given to current SPFL League One and Two clubs over a five year period, with a view to Colts teams entering an extended League Two.

It’s suggested that the precarious financial position many third and fourth-tier clubs are currently in could make some open to the offer but it’s predicted that the plans will still face fierce resistance – so much so, that it’s unclear whether or not a vote will even be triggered.

At present, Rangers youngsters like James Maxwell – pictured in action for Queen of the South – have to head out on loan to gain experience.  (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Since pulling out of the SPFL Reserve League, which wasn’t deemed to be a high enough standard, the only genuine competitive football available to Rangers’ top youngsters has been in Challenge Cup and UEFA Youth League matches.

As a result, the club opts to send many prospects out on loan throughout the SPFL in order to build up experience in the senior game, but the entry of a Colts team into the pyramid would theoretically reduce the need for such an approach.

Given that all leagues beneath the Championship were halted in early January amid what was a worsening Covid situation, several Gers loanees are currently in limbo, with one recently spotted back in first-team training.

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