Finance expert Kieran Maguire, featured on Sky Sports, believes the decision to operate a Celtic B team in the Lowland League has been a worthwhile venture.
The lowdown: Here to stay
Having originally been trialled as a pilot scheme to develop Scottish youngsters, clubs recently voted for the participation of the young Hoops and Rangers sides to continue for the 2022/23 campaign.
Neither side can be promoted or earn relegation but the lure of competitive action has been preferred over the original academy style setup.
Following a report from the Daily Record confirming that the Lowland League had received a financial boost in the wake of the Old Firm’s inclusion, Maguire has given his view.
The verdict: Good deal for all parties
“It was a successful experiment, at the end of the day,” Maguire said.
“The fact the Lowlands League wants it to continue shows that the benefits outweigh any detriment.
“They will have also benefited from higher attendances because people will come to see the Colts teams when they are in town.
“It hasn’t held back the Lowlands League teams themselves.
“They have probably upped their game because it is a feather in the cap to beat Rangers or Celtic, even if it is the Colts teams.”
The verdict: Positive early signs
Whilst it’s difficult to quantify the fruits of the B team’s labour just yet, Celtic certainly appear to have a very promising collection of youngsters on the books at present.
The likes of Mikey Johnston, Dane Murray and Karamoko Dembele have all emerged as options for Ange Postecoglou’s side at various points this season whilst supremely talented teenager Ben Doak recently earned a high profile switch to Premier League giants Liverpool.
Continuing to blood the Lennoxtown youngsters in a competitive environment can only be a positive for the future at Parkhead and it would appear to also be a huge financial boost to the lower reaches of the Scottish football pyramid – win-win.
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