The Celtic talks that have left Scottish football fans absolutely seething
There has been widespread anger from Scottish football fans over the Celtic and Rangers Colts proposal from the Scottish Lowland League.
The SLFL released a statement last night confirming that they had held talks with both of the Glasgow clubs. The goal? To try and shoehorn their Colts teams into the Lowland league for next season.
The clubs wouldn’t have an SPFL membership of course, which means they couldn’t be promoted. Therefore, if Celtic or Rangers won the league, there would be no opportunity to play in Scotland’s League Two in two years’ time.
Even though it’s a one-season only basis, it’s still left people fuming. Supporters of other clubs believe that both Celtic and Rangers are being shoehorned into a level they don’t deserve.
The lowest rung in Scottish football is the West of Scotland Football League, the South of Scotland League, and the East of Scotland league. Those three competitions make up the bottom of the Scottish football pyramid system. And people can’t seem to work out why our youngsters wouldn’t be starting there.
Celtic and Rangers proposal are hardly a disgrace
You can see why people are angry with this. It arguably degrades the competition’s integrity by having clubs in the division that can’t be promoted or relegated. You can’t imagine it will have left many of the clubs in Scottish football’s bottom tier too pleased either.
With so much controversy over the Super League over the last fortnight, some will argue similar principles are involved in this project. After all, if a club can’t be relegated, then where’s the integrity? But if it’s a one-season-only basis then it’s difficult to use that as your main argument.
Celtic and Rangers need to provide their youngsters with a bigger platform. It’s a credit to the Lowland League that they’ve understood this and are trying to come up with a way to make that happen.
Fans also must remember that clubs will get the chance to vote for this. Nothing is being enforced upon them, and if they don’t want Celtic and Rangers’ youngsters in the division, they can vote against it.
That still hasn’t stopped widespread fan anger over the proposal of course. Here’s a glimpse of what the rest of Scottish football think about the idea:
Absolutely scandalous to even discuss this. The Lowland League has just been going on about sporting integrity, I agreed with them when it was about the play-offs. But this shows they only care about sporting integrity when it suits them. Get it in the sea.@OfficialCatchup https://t.co/4cIQYUPkMy
— Marten Kats (@MartenKats) May 6, 2021
Last week you and your mob were demanding the integrity of the pyramid system be respected but here you are discussing doing away with the integrity of the pyramid
Bunch of chancers. https://t.co/QepvI9XM0t
— Alan Ward (@atw1984) May 6, 2021
Imagine if Celtic Colts won the Lowland league this season.
Would that cheer them up after not getting 10iar and winning absolutely nothing this season. Nope.
Find it interesting the Lowland league talking about ambition this season then discussing this nonsense. https://t.co/UinUvl872q
— Stefan (@StefannObsessed) May 5, 2021
Would happily vote to axe the lowland league from the pyramid for even considering this https://t.co/20u3moTQ8a
— nick (@nickFTOF) May 5, 2021
Don't let this happen. Absolutely disgraceful. Was this the pay off that saw the SPFL confirm that Brechin should take part in the play-offs? One season? Don't believe it for a minute. Disgusted. @OfficialSLFL https://t.co/iD7F2eLb7N
— David Munro 🏴 (@bordersbankie) May 6, 2021
Where's the Fair Play & integrity you were greeting about few weeks ago gone? Rotten to the core like all things SFA https://t.co/Gl6vnrEkd4
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— Ferris 🇵🇪🇰🇿 (@180Ferris) May 5, 2021
Seriously, this is an awful proposal. Rangers & Celtic would enter colt teams into the Lowland League, but they can’t be relegated. Nor can they be promoted.
🤗🤗 You. Are. Devaluing. Your. League. Chasing. Money. 🤗🤗 https://t.co/vpNG1W7aXd
— 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗥𝗮𝗻𝘁 (@HeartsRant) May 5, 2021
For a full pyramid, like we were promised, These ‘B’ teams should be put into Tier 7 like every other new applicant. No preferential treatment.
Not a fan of this whatsoever👎 https://t.co/2r3vx7ESCG
— Christopher Dodds (@chrissydodds_) May 5, 2021
The European Super League rightly attracted universal condemnation, I think George Fraser himself weighed in. This proposal lacks a similar lack of integrity, shameful. https://t.co/jukWUrT3si
— Pint of Bovril (@Pint_of_Bovril) May 5, 2021