Rangers and Celtic receive significant 2021/22 boost, fans of other clubs fume
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Rangers and Celtic receive significant 2021/22 boost, fans of other clubs fume

Rangers have received a significant boost after Old Firm B teams were voted into the Lowland League, but plenty of fans of other clubs aren’t happy.

Earlier this month, the Lowland League held an initial vote on a proposal that would see Rangers and Celtic Colts enter the league for one season only.

Rangers and Celtic have received a big boost for 2021/22 after a B team proposal was passed, but fans of other clubs aren’t happy. (Photo by Bruce White/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Neither team could be promoted or relegated but the presence of the Old Firm would generate increased interest in the league.

At the SLFL AGM on Thursday night, a second vote was held and the proposal was officially passed after a majority of clubs backed it.

“The member clubs have voted in favour of this proposal that was put to them earlier this month,” said league chairperson George Fraser [SLFL.co.uk]

“Whilst it wasn’t unanimous the majority of member clubs are in favour of it and ultimately the members made the decision, which is only right in a democracy.

“Our Board will now get to work on moving forward with plans to get the new season started on July 17.”

Both Rangers and Celtic would prefer to have their B teams playing in the SPFL but this news still represents a significant boost for both clubs, who have been championing the idea of Colts sides entering established leagues for many years.

While top prospects will no doubt still head out on loan to Premiership and Championship clubs, entry into the Lowland League will allow those at earlier stages in their development access to regular competitive football and a chance to play alongside one another, aiding the development of a club-wide playing style.

The initial vote from Lowland League members was heavily criticised by fans of other clubs, though, who claim it undermines the spirit of the pyramid and there were plenty of angry responses to Thursday night’s update.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

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