Rangers could be handed a significant boost within hours with clubs set to vote tonight on the entry of Old Firm B teams into the Lowland League for the 2021/22 season [Scottish Sun].
The Lowland League announced earlier this month that clubs had backed a proposal put to them following the latest failed attempt to introduce Rangers and Celtic Colts into the SPFL.
In the initial vote, eleven clubs voted in favour and five against, while Kelty Hearts abstained.
The proposal could be formally passed at the SLFL AGM tonight, with only a majority required when clubs vote for a second time [Scottish Sun].
There’s been a substantial backlash to the plans, with the East, West and South of Scotland Leagues releasing a joint statement that expressed their ‘dismay’.
It’s feasible that the position of some clubs may have changed as a result, but it’s unlikely that enough will vote against the proposal for it to fail.
A Rangers Colts side hasn’t competed in a formal league since the 2018/19 season when a team captained by Cammy Palmer won the SPFL Reserve League.
With Academy football suspended for a substantial amount of the recently completed season, the club was forced to cancel B team fixtures and send the vast majority of over 18 Academy players out on loan to the SPFL.
If this proposal passes, though, the need to repeat that approach next season will be reduced.
The Lowland League isn’t the ideal standard but both Rangers and Celtic have been campaigning for Colts plans to be taken seriously for many years and a successful outcome tonight would constitute a big boost for both Old Firm clubs.