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5th Jun, 2018 | 4:55pm

Reported cup changes give Rangers and Celtic opportunity to continue to blood youths


Scottish Premiership sides have had Colt teams in the Challenge Cup for the last two seasons as various changes have been implemented to improve the competition – and the latest reported change is an ideal chance for the Old Firm’s kids to continue improving.

After adding teams from Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland the SPFL now want to add two English clubs to the competition, according to the Scottish Sun.

The addition of two National League teams are hardly going to pull fans into games in their droves but, for Colt teams in particular, is a good chance to test themselves against senior professionals.

According to the report Boreham Wood and Sutton United would be invited to take part from next season as the competition takes in all of the home nations for the first time.

The Old Firm youngsters have had mixed results in the competition over the last few years but both have been in favour of continued changes to allow their Academy players to gain competitive experience and push for a first-team place.

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With the likes of Crusaders and The New Saints taking part and reaching the semi-finals last season, there is a really good level of competition for the Colt teams.

Both Rangers and Celtic are keen to find new ways to give their young players the best chance to fulfil their potential and the introduction of a decent standard of team from south of the border will help that.

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