The introduction of ‘B’ teams has been on the agenda of Scottish football for quite a while.
There is a thought that both Celtic and Rangers would like to introduce teams of their prospect into the lower league, similar to what the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona do in Spain.
Indeed, the plan was first mooted back in December 2016, when the Daily Record reported that the SFA were in favour of introducing Old Firm sides into League Two.
Recent comments by Gers academy chief Craig Mulholland, as reported by BT Sport, who claims that ‘B’ teams ‘are really important parts of our pathway’ to first-team football for players have brought the idea into the spotlight once again.
It has been all quiet on the ‘B’ team front aside from Mulholland’s comments, as the worry is that the smaller teams will vote against any proposal to bring the teams into the professional set-up.
It would be of great benefit to the young players in the team, getting to play real blood and thunder football against seasoned professionals, and it could benefit the national team in time.
But the smaller teams will worry that their small attendances will plummet even further with the introductions of the ‘B’ teams, as their fans would likely follow the Old Firm sides in the particular league.
It seems like a very good idea, and Mulholland is correct to call for its’ introduction – it just seems highly unlikely to happen any time soon.
In other Rangers news, a player is set to leave the club on Monday