SPFL club detail Colts proposal for Rangers and Celtic
SPFL League Two side Berwick have provided details on the proposed addition of Rangers and Celtic Colt teams to the senior set-up in a two-year pilot which could start from next season.
Under the proposals, as confirmed on Berwick’s official website, the Old Firm giants would field an Under-21 side in the bottom tier of the SPFL without the prospect of promotion or relegation in an attempt to stop the performance drop-off between Scotland’s youth sides and senior international team.
Both clubs would be obliged to buy 250 tickets for games providing a £15,000 windfall for the part-time clubs in a division which attracts meagre attendances and often relies on the generosity of fans for every day functions.
The other 10 League Two clubs would also benefit from extra home games every season with the proposal currently calling for the Colt teams to exclusively play away games throughout the season.
Rangers and Celtic would both be expected to name a distinct management and coaching team for their Colt sides with a maximum of two overage players and movement between the first-team and Colt squad restricted to during the transfer window.
Similar systems operate in leagues across the world with England and Italy the only major European leagues not to have some form of Colt teams competing.
The SPFL recently allowed the introduction of Colt teams for all 12 Premiership sides in the Challenge Cup – to varying levels of success – but so far only the two Old Firm sides are believed to have shown any interest in a second team competing in the senior ranks.
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