Scottish football can't allow the tail to wag the dog over £3m Rangers & Celtic proposal
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Scottish football can't allow the tail to wag the dog over £3m Rangers & Celtic proposal

Rangers and Celtic’s Colt proposal is back on the table with the Old Firm reportedly offering £3million to allow them to enter B teams in the SPFL – and Scottish football can’t afford to let the tail wag the dog when it comes to making a decision.

According to the Scottish Sun, Rangers and Celtic have offered the sum to the twenty League One and League Two clubs, over a five year period, to extend the bottom division and give the Colts access.

Rangers team prior to the UEFA Youth League match between Rangers U19 and Atletico Madrid U19 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There is strong opposition from some clubs who feel it demeans the integrity of the lower tiers, while the financial impact of Covid-19 and the ensuing shutdowns have softened the views of others.

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With promotion likely capped at League One, the addition of Rangers and Celtic B teams to the divisions would see clubs benefit from added interest in the lower tiers from fans as well as media, while giving some of the country’s best young talent a platform to play competitive football.

Fans of lower league sides have regularly made their opposition to the plans knows but the decision can’t be swayed by the view of supporters when there are so many possible benefits for the whole of Scottish football.

The same fans of clubs who are so opposed to it, regularly have no issue with their teams having as many as four loan players from Rangers or Celtic’s Academy in their ranks.

The decision needs to come down to what is best for the game in this country as a whole – rather than allowing the fans of clubs further down the ladder dictate what is best.

While there’s no doubt that clubs East Fife, Albion Rovers or Edinburgh City means as much to their fans as Rangers do to us, killing off a plan that has been shown to help players in countries likes Spain because of the wishes of teams who struggle to attract more than a few hundred fans, is nonsensical.

Leon King faced Falkirk in the League Cup for the first-team but could be facing the Bairns in the league for the Colts if the plan is approved(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Allowing Rangers and Celtic to field Colts is going to put some noses out of joint but if it helps raise the standards across the board in Scotland – and inject some much-needed cash into the game as we approach the first anniversary of fans being locked out – then it should be a no-brainer.

A Rangers loanee was sent off for the first time in his career on Saturday while another scored a spectacular goal as his team came from behind to secure an unlikely draw.


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