Glasgow Rangers’ proposal to allow colts teams into the bottom tier of a reconstructed Scottish professional league system has been rejected by the SPFL.
As noted by BBC, the ‘Gers had been hoping that their colts team, along with that of Old Firm rivals Celtic, would be allowed to enter the third rung of the SPFL ladder in a proposed three-division 14-14-18 format.
However, as reported by The Scottish Sun, the governing body have dismissed that proposal, with SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster set to give clubs one last alternative of a four-tier league with 14 top-flight teams and 10 in the other three divisions.
The SPFL’s decision to end all Scottish leagues last month was contentious to say the least, with the bottom clubs in the top three divisions all relegated despite having mathematical chances of beating the drop had their remaining fixtures been played.
The ‘Gers went as far as accusing the governing body of corruption over the voting process on the leagues’ fate and called for an independent inquiry into the matter, but the majority of SPFL clubs rejected their plea.
Doncaster’s plan for league reconstruction would at least spare Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer from relegation while seeing Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United promoted to the Premier League, as well as allowing Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts into the senior leagues.
However, as noted by The Scottish Sun, it would deprive the Light Blues’ colts team of gaining valuable experience against senior players, as well as denying bottom-tier clubs the chance to welcome teams from the Old Firm to their grounds in what could have been money-spinning fixtures.
Also, as pointed out by former ‘Gers midfielder Neil McCann to BBC Scotland, national team captain Andrew Robertson was let go by Celtic before being taken on by lower league side Queen’s Park, who gave him his first taste of senior football.
The ‘Gers have a very promising colts team under Graeme Murty, having progressed to the last 32 of the UEFA Youth League and finishing fifth at the prestigious Alkass Cup in Qatar, in which their youngster Charlie Lindsay was named as the tournament’s MVP (as per The Scottish Sun).
Had the colts been let into the bottom tier of the SPFL’s reconstructed leagues, they could have more than held their own and benefitted greatly from testing themselves against senior players, while lower-league clubs could have benefitted financially from the allure of hosting Old Firm teams.
Do you think colts teams should be allowed in the bottom tier of the SPFL?
The SPFL ought to have given greater consideration to the Ibrox club’s proposal to allow colts teams into the senior setup and seem to have dismissed the idea too readily.
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