Hearts looking to follow in Celtic footsteps

By John McGinley

April 28, 2022

Hearts are looking to follow Celtic’s example and make an official application to have a B team join the Scottish Lowland Football League.

The Edinburgh Evening News reports Hearts have come to a decision on the initiative and will lodge their intention to join the league in time for a deadline on Friday.

They are willing to pay the £40,000 required and provide facilities.

The problem is the Lowland League is currently only set up for two guest teams. Adding a third could cause a significant headache and require restructuring.

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It’s currently unclear how the Lowland League clubs plan to handle a third application and if Hearts are effectively competing with Celtic B and Rangers B when it comes to a place in next year’s division.

Celtic have valued the experience this season, giving youngsters at the club a fixed schedule of competitive matches.

Players such as Owen Moffat, Bosun Lawal, Kenzie Carse, Rocco Vata and Ben Summers have featured regularly, hoping to bridge the gap between academy football and the first-team squad.

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A number of Celtic B youngsters are now training regularly with Ange Postecoglou and his players.

There has been controversy surrounding the introduction of B teams to the Lowland League with many feeling it further restricts the opportunities for progression through the Scottish football pyramid.

No doubt there are a few twists and turns ahead here, with the Lowland League now left contemplating how to untangle the web and keep everyone happy.

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