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21st Jan, 2018 | 9:18am

Rangers and Celtic to benefit from potentially huge league shake-up - report

Rangers and Celtic Under-20’s could be playing in Scotland’s League Two next season, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim the Old Firm giants met with representatives of the SPFL during the week to discuss potentially introducing ‘Colt’ team to the senior set-up as early as next season as part of a huge shake-up of youth development in Scotland.
Both halves of the Old Firm have long been in favour of fielding a second team further down the leagues as they look to improve their youth development and provide competitive football for their promising young talent.
Any moves to introduce ‘Colt’ teams would require approval from a majority of the 42 clubs in the SPFL –  11 of the 12 Premiership clubs and 23 of the 30 (75 per cent) lower league clubs – and, according to the Daily Record, seven of the 10 current League Two sides are in favour.
Both Rangers and Celtic have a number of young players out on loan across the Scottish leagues and the prospect of ‘Colt’ teams in the senior league pyramid would give both clubs a fantastic opportunity to improve the quality of player coming through their Academy.
The current proposal is for a two-year trial period with neither side eligible for promotion or relegation although several options are on the table – including both sides playing every game away from home.
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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