League Two boss slams Celtic and Rangers over 'Colts team' proposal

By Ruari Macneil

January 29, 2018

Celtic and Rangers have proposed the idea of introducing ‘colts’ teams into Scottish League Two to allow their younger players the chance to play regular competitive football.

The scheme could be put in place as early as next season, with the proposed plan being that League Two would expand from 10 teams to 12 to accommodate the new sides.

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This kind of set-up is common throughout Europe, with many other big clubs having their own ‘B’ sides which compete competitively in the lower tiers against first team squads. Generally speaking, these teams are unable to be promoted or relegated and also do not compete in domestic cup competitions.

For the scheme to be approved, it would be required for 11 of the 12 Premiership sides and 23 of the 30 lower league sides to approve, meaning that 81% of the country’s professional/semi professional football clubs must be in favour.

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Should such a scheme take off, this could be beneficial to the likes of Celtic and Rangers, and also the League Two sides. It would provide the perfect opportunity for younger players from the two Glasgow giants to gain invaluable more professional experience, as opposed to turning out for the u23 side or development team in friendly matches.

Taking the likes of Real Madrid Castilla (Madrid’s equivalent to a ‘colts’ team), for example, current European football stars such as Casemeiro, Lucas Vazquez, Jese Rodriguez, Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez and Alvaro Morata are all recent examples of players who spent time playing for Castilla, developing their game against Lower League Spanish opposition before going on to achieve bigger and better things.

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It should also benefit players in League Two, who will generally be unused to playing against players of the calibre of Celtic and Rangers’ youngsters, and in theory should help the existing sides to also improve and develop.

Peterhead FC boss Jim McInally completely disagrees, however, and thinks that the proposition of Celtic and Rangers ‘B’ sides into League Two is just an example of the Scottish giants trying to ‘bully’ the rest of the SPFL.

As reported in The Daily Record, the League Two gaffer said: “I don’t see why we should need to try to do Celtic and Rangers’ work for them – where we are trying to improve their kids.

“Well, what benefit is that to any lower league club? In my opinion they are bullies and they are trying to bully their way into the league.”

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