Rangers could withdraw their Colt team from this season’s Challenge Cup after the SPFL introduced new rules for their cup competitions following concerns about Premiership sides coming up against teams who haven’t tested their players for Covid 19 – and may have to pay for their opponents be tested in the Challenge Cup.

All Premiership sides need to test their players 48 hours before each game but there are currently no requirements for clubs below the top tier to comply with the testing regimen.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Rodrigo Riquelme of Athletico Madrid evades Nathan Patterson of Rangers during the UEFA Youth League match between Rangers U19 and Atletico Madrid U19 at Firhill Park on February 12, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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Eight Premiership sides are due to face lower league sides when the Betfred Cup gets started next month while all 12 are expected to enter a Colt side in the Challenge Cup when it gets underway.

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Rangers Colts reached the semi-finals of the competition last season, beating the likes of Solihull Moors, Wrexham, Stranraer and Ballymena United before a heartbreaking loss at the hands of Inverness Caley Thistle.

 

Premiership Clubs have been given the option to request tests for any lower league side before Challenge Cup ties, at their own expense, or will be allowed to opt out of this season’s cup completely.

Rangers Colts have impressed when coming up against senior opposition but the added expense of testing opposition could be something the club decide they aren’t willing to take on and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the majority of Colt sides withdraw from the Challenge Cup this season.

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