McAvennie predicts big revenue boost after controversial Rangers/Celtic plan signed off
The inclusion of Rangers and Celtic B teams in next season’s Lowland League is positive for the development of both clubs’ youngsters.
That’s according to former Celtic hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about next season’s shakeup.
Earlier this week, the Scottish Lowland Football League confirmed member clubs had voted in favour of allowing the Old Firm’s B teams to compete in the division for one season.
The Scottish Lowland Football League can confirm that member clubs have voted in favour of a proposal allowing Rangers and Celtic ‘B’ teams to take part in next season’s competition – for one season only.
— Scottish Lowland League 🏴 (@OfficialSLFL) May 10, 2021
This means Celtic and Rangers youngsters have the chance to play against sides such as Berwick Rangers and East Stirlingshire instead of other club’s youth sides.
This move hasn’t been backed by every club in the league as the president of Civil Service Strollers resigned in protest.
McAvennie claims everyone will benefit from this scenario as youngsters can develop while bringing more money to the Lowland League.
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“I think it’s a good move,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“There is nowhere for Celtic and Rangers’ kids to play. Back in the day, there was a reserves league and I still don’t get why they stopped that.
“The kids coming through need competitive games. The managers will get to see them a lot more now.
“It will bring more money for the Lowland League. If Celtic or Rangers are playing away, people will go and watch.
“That’s important money. People will go, instead of 50 people watching it might be 450. That’s an important boost to their revenue.
“Big clubs need a passageway for kids to progress and this is a good chance.”
Both Old Firm sides have seen youngsters break into their respective first teams this season.
Celtic’s Stephen Welsh and Rangers’ Nathan Patterson have both impressed during their first full seasons of first team football.