Former Manchester United and Barcelona coach Frans Hoek believes opposition to Rangers’ Colts proposal isn’t “rational” and insists it would be good for the Scottish national team.
Clubs rejected a proposal to introduce Colts to the SPFL as part of a restructuring plan put forward by Rangers and the veteran Dutchman thinks it will help improve the standard of player in this country.
Hoek now works with Orange County SC as their technical director and has taken three young Gers stateside to give them regular first-team football.
“People think it is strange to be playing against a second-team but that response is more emotional than rational,” Hoek said, speaking to the Mail on Sunday.
“It needs to be made clear what the advantages for the country are if you are able to rear more and more talented players in this way.
“In Holland, Spain and Germany, it has been good for football in general. The standard of footballer has improved. And that helps the national team.”
The likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Mikel Arteta, Holger Badstuber and Thomas Muller have all developed under Hoek so he knows a thing or two about bringing players through.
Rangers are unlikely to give up the push for Colt teams any time soon though so hopefully, it’s just a matter of time before a young Gers side can take their place in the league.