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21st Jan, 2018 | 11:49am

League revamp could be a game-changer for Rangers and Celtic

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Rangers and Celtic could be allowed to field a Colt team in Scotland’s League Two from as early as next season, according to a report, and it could be a game-changer for the Old Firm giants and Scottish football as a whole.
The Daily Record claim the Old Firm giants met with representatives of the SPFL with a view to introducing Colt sides in a two-year pilot scheme as part of the Scottish FA’s wider ‘Project Brave’ initiative.
The Old Firm giants have long been in favour of introducing Colt teams in the lower divisions of the league similar to major European nations – only England and Italy don’t have some form of second-string permitted in the league.
Allowing youngsters to play competitive football against senior pros will help Scottish football as a whole improve with many of the players eventually finding their way to other clubs in the SPFL after failing to make the grade at Ibrox or Celtic Park.
Playing regularly in games where there are actual consequences to results and against opposition players quite literally playing for their livelihood adds a new dimension to development of young talent coming through at Rangers and Celtic.
In recent seasons the SPFL have allowed all 12 Premiership sides to field a Colt side in the Irn-Bru Cup and while fans may have problems with it, those involved at clubs have had positive feedback about the experience.
After watching a lot of Under-20’s football last season it’s clear there is still a gulf between the levels in the Development League and League Two and the step up could really help young players make the leap from promising youngster to first-team regular for one half of the Old Firm.
There are also financial benefits for the other clubs in the division with fans of both halves of the Old Firm likely to turn up to see the potential stars of the future making their first steps in the game.
The recent successes of the likes of Kieran Tierney and Ross McCrorie show there is talent coming through but there is more to be done and this could be a huge step in the right direction.
In other Rangers news, there have been discussions held about the Gers’ hunt to sign this international playmaker from the Premier League.
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