Rangers B team plans handed boost as proposals back up director claims
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Rangers B team plans handed boost as proposals back up director claims

Rangers could finally get their way as the club’s ambitions to have colt or B teams in Scotland could be recognised in the country’s fifth tier.

The Gers have been the most prevalent advocates of the B Team system as they look to find a way to progress the country’s best young talent and support the entire footballing ecosystem.

Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson has been clear that he thinks B teams are the future for Scottish football. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

Alongside Celtic, the Glasgow giants are best primed to develop young talent and by introducing Colts team to the lower tiers of Scotland it will allow young players to gain experience they are currently not getting at present.

The concept would allow for greater development which in turn would support all clubs in Scotland who pick up those youngsters who don’t make the grade at Ibrox or Celtic Park.

Not only that, but this will help young Scottish players make the grade and in turn support the development of young players at national level.

Rangers are adamant they won’t shift on their position regarding B teams and director Ross Wilson repeated this in a recent webinar.

Now, Rangers and Celtic could be about to join the 5th tier Lowland League for one season only.

As things stands there will be no Premiership reserve league next season and both Old Firm clubs are looking for solutions for their young talent.

The SLFL have released a statement confirming they are in discussions regarding the move.

“The Scottish Lowland Football League can today confirm that it has entered into discussions to invite Rangers and Celtic ‘B’ teams to enter the league for next season (2021/22) on a one-season basis.

“The discussions, which are at an early stage, have come following an invite to open talks from the Lowland League to both clubs to help solve the gap which exists in the player development pathway in Scotland, helping some of the countries best young players for a year, and also bringing significant benefit to the Lowland League and our clubs. 

“Discussions have been productive and will continue over the coming days. We share a common consensus with Rangers and Celtic that player development and the importance of the pyramid system need to be priorities for the game in Scotland.

“The SLFL Board made it clear at the outset that no current member club would be adversely affected in any way by the proposal, in fact the opposite, and ultimately as a member’s organisation the clubs would need to vote in favour of this.”

Could a Rangers B team operating in the lower leagues help produce more Nathan Pattersons? (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Colts or B teams are a common sight in the likes of Germany and Spain, two countries with elite footballing mentalities and a conveyor belt of talent.

The news also comes after a reported plan to reconstruct League Two to allow Rangers and Celtic colts into a 16-team structure failed to convince member clubs.