Talks have reopened about Rangers and Celtic Colt teams potentially joining a revamped 16 team Scottish League Two as part of a £1m investment.
According to the Daily Mail, this comes after Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson was given the go-ahead to draw up fresh proposals which would reportedly see teams joining the SPFL from a variety of leagues.
The idea would be to admit two colt teams, two teams from the Highland League and two from the Lowlands league to bring the Scottish bottom tier up to 16 sides.
Robertson reportedly chairs a working group which is building the proposals, working alongside the likes of Steve Brown from St. Johnstone, Gerry Britton from Partick Thistle, Stenhousemuir chairman Iain McMenemy and George Fraser of the Lowlands League.
According to the Daily Mail, this group has already met twice with further meetings scheduled as Rangers continue to press for Colt teams in the lower tiers.
The news comes after a Rangers proposal to admit Old Firm B sides was rejected by clubs last summer as the Gers pushed for league reconstruction.
Having Colt teams in Scotland would allow Rangers and Celtic to better develop their youth players because at present exposure to competitive men’s football is at a premium.
One of the biggest issues clubs will have with the proposals is that given the finances and professionalism involved Rangers and Celtic could soon dominate the lower leagues as they do in the top tier.
The report claims that there are conversations being had over a “glass ceiling” for the two Colt sides, with Rangers and Celtic also offering a range of financial incentives.
This includes an initial cash injection of £125k increasing to £1m with further payments, as well as a guaranteed purchase of 200 £15 tickets for every away game.
This would help level the financial playing field but discussions are clearly in their infancy over the move which would transform the structure of the leagues in Scotland.
Old Firm Colt teams have previously been admitted into the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup with Rangers B going all the way to the semi-final in last year’s competition.