Rangers could benefit with vote on major change to Scottish football reportedly on horizon
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Rangers could benefit with vote on major change to Scottish football reportedly on horizon

Rangers could have a B team in SPFL League Two as early as next season in what would be a major change to Scottish football [BBC Sport].

It’s long been Rangers’ ambition to have their best young players turning out in a competitive senior league and while the idea has met with plenty of resistance in the past, a working group with representatives from across all four SPFL divisions is close to putting a plan to member clubs.

Key Rangers Academy figures like Graeme Murty (pictured) and Craig Mulholland has consistently called for Colt sides to enter the SPFL. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Under the proposal, both the Gers and Celtic would enter B teams into an expanded fourth tier, while one club each from the Highland and Lowland Leagues would also enter the division.

The Old Firm B teams would have no voting rights or access to prize money, nor would they be eligible for promotion beyond League One.

But the best U21 players at Ibrox would have a settled schedule containing regular meaningful matches, while the same side would continue to compete in the Challenge Cup.

BBC Sport reports that the working group’s proposal has been passed on to the Professional Game Board within the Scottish FA and that it must be approved by the boards of both the SFA and SPFL before clubs are asked to vote at a special general meeting.

Rangers will be hoping the SFA back the proposed major change to Scottish football. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

It’s hoped that that process won’t take long, though, with a vote at some stage in April a possibility.

Rangers withdrew from the SPFL Reserve League after the 2018/19 season, citing a lack of quality match-ups, and have since opted to arrange their own fixtures, taking on other Academy sides, as well as senior English and SPFL clubs.

The Gers B team and age group sides have been out of action since January due to Covid restrictions.

Meanwhile, Rangers have acted in response to a warning from Nicola Sturgeon as the Old Firm looms.