Scottish football could see the league pyramid further expanded with talks ongoing over the introduction of a West of Scotland league (WosFL) to sit parallel to the East of Scotland league (EosFL) at tier six and seven of the system.
Currently, the EosFL provides teams for the Lowland League and some 48 clubs have intimated an interest – and it could have benefits for Rangers in the long-term.
The Gers have long advocated the introduction of Colt teams into the league system, and the addition of the WoSFL could finally open the door for them.
The SPFL still haven’t changed the rules to allow Colts into the top four tiers of the league but there’s nothing, currently, that would stop sides from entering Colt teams into the lower tiers.
It would mean that promotion from the Lowland League would be blocked until the SPFL can be convinced to make a change but it would be a huge step in the right direction.
Playing against some of the biggest (likely to soon be former-) Junior clubs would be an interesting challenge for the Gers kids and, although it wouldn’t be the ideal level, it would give them real competitive football.
Inverness Caley Thistle recently tried similar by applying to field a Colt team in the Highland League, which was ultimately rejected by clubs, and the new opening could be perfect for Rangers.
Taking kids to face the likes of Clydebank, Pollok, Arthurlie, Glenafton and more would give the youngsters a tase of football beyond the mollycoddled Academy environment and into the rough and tumble of men’s football.
Whether it is something Rangers even consider exploring remains to be seen but, with some incredibly talented kids coming through at Auchenhowie, they should be examining every possible avenue.