'Drive fans away' - Fans react to Rangers and Celtic Colts proposal
The SPFL have put forward a proposal to clubs that could see Rangers and Celtic field Colt teams in League Two from next season.
Berwick Rangers confirmed the details of the proposal that has been put to clubs after reports talks had been held over introducing Under-21 sides to the senior set-up.
Fans of other Scottish clubs are appalled at the proposal with accusations of pro-Old Firm bias levelled at the SPFL and – oddly – the Scottish FA as steps are taken to try and improve Scotland’s performance at international and club level.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Crowds certainly wouldnt improve. I know for a fact a large majority of fans from every league side would boycott games against the "colts." We have a perfectly good development loan system in place in which young players can develop.
— jake (@Jakee__Marshall) January 22, 2018
Having read the @OfficialBRFC statement, the benefits being offered to League 2 clubs are clear (less away travel, more home games, guaranteed ticket purchases etc). Might well swing colts into the SPFL when they should start at the foot of the pyramid like everyone else IMO.
— MozzaGaming (@MozzaPlays) January 23, 2018
So it's beneficial to stay in the same league as the colts then? Why bother with promotion . Clubs will drive away their own supporters with this idea
— Telstar Tam (@Bayview71) January 23, 2018
Not to mention that this is the 2nd blatant bit of queue-jumping that we would have gone along with. Not fair on those in the pyramid below SPFL. If you want a bigger league, some of those clubs should also get a free pass into the league as compensation if colts are agreed on.
— Jackson (@ImGoinToJackson) January 23, 2018
— BJW (@DDLL42) January 23, 2018
Add all Premier colts in or none at all personally I’d go with none at all and change it from u-20s to reserves meaning experienced players and young players can play together maybe first team fringe players can use reserve games to get some playing time in reserve league not lg2 https://t.co/i45WqMthkn
— Craig Baigrie (@baigriec) January 23, 2018
In exactly the way I have said – there are teams outside the league that want to join, and they have to win their competitions and prove that they are worthy of being in the league. Colts teams will just appear without having to work their way up
— Chris Skelp (@Skelp) January 22, 2018
Colt teams have been on and off the agenda countless times but it looks as though Scottish football might finally be pushing ahead with the idea.
Similar systems are used across European football to varying degrees with many of the world’s top players having come through some form of Colt team.
The SPFL already allow Scottish Premiership sides to field an Under-20’s team in the Challenge Cup with Rangers and Celtic both losing out in the first round of this year’s competition.
The current proposal only involves Rangers and Celtic but could be opened up to other sides to field a Colt team after the initial two-year pilot.
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