Report: Positive talks take place on reserve league return; Celtic plans still unclear

By Lewis Laird

May 27, 2022

Scottish Premiership side Hibernian have held ‘positive talks’ with the SFA and the SPFL regarding a possible return of the reserve league.

However, Celtic’s potential involvement and the league’s future remains unclear at this point in time due to the Hoops’ attempt to join the Lowland League for a second season running, alongside Rangers and Hearts.

Tommy McIntyre’s Celtic B side looked all set to join the fifth tier of Scottish football once again, along with our Glasgow rivals, off the back of a third-placed finish last campaign.

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But, those plans look to be on the brink of collapse after the further involvement of Hearts led to all three Premiership clubs delivering an ultimatum to Lowland League sides.

With that experiment in serious doubt, the youngsters at Celtic are now at risk of going from regular football in the Lowland League to not having a league campaign to take part in.

However, according to a report from Edinburgh News, Hibernian have held talks with the governing bodies in Scotland regarding the potential return of the reserve league.

The re-introduction of the league would provide clubs in the top flight with the chance to field teams against one another again on a formal basis.

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Celtic must have a plan up their sleeve should the Lowland League fall through

It is absolutely crucial that Celtic have a plan ready to put into action should the plans to take part in the Lowland League next season officially collapse.

And the reserve league might be the perfect replacement.

Hibs have already got the ball rolling and held ‘positive’ discussions with the governing bodies. So, if it comes down to it, you would hope that Celtic are keeping an eye on potentially being involved.

Hopefully, we will be able to hear confirmation over the next week surrounding the B team’s future in the Lowland League, and some sort of plans can get underway for the 2022/23 campaign.

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