Kieran Maguire names real winners amid SPFL reveal affecting Rangers and Celtic
Rangers and Celtic would not see any major benefits from the expansion of the SPFL – but those further down the league system would.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after BBC Sport reported that all 42 SPFL teams have been asked to consider a proposal to expand the pyramid.
Celtic and Rangers’ B teams would join as part of the blueprints to add six teams to the bottom three tiers of the four-tier system.
There would be no relegation from the bottom of League 2 for three seasons while the new system takes root.
And Maguire claims that the two Glasgow sides would not be the main beneficiaries of the restructuring.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “In the sense that if it allows the Colt teams to get more experience of competitive senior football then it could have some minor benefits.
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“But in all honesty, I think in the short term it won’t make a huge amount of difference.
“The major beneficiaries will be those teams from the Highlands League and the Lowlands League as well as those who finished bottom of League Two because there’s going to be no relegation for a few years.“
Celtic and Rangers were given the green light in May to introduce their colt teams to the Lowlands League.
Both teams will paid a £25,000 entry fee and will not be permitted to win promotion from the division.