Proposals for Celtic and Rangers colt teams rejected by Stenhousemuir

By David Walton

May 7, 2019

Proposals for Celtic and Rangers colts sides to join the senior ranks in 2020 have been rubbished.

Stenhousemuir chairman Iain McMenemy denied that any talks with clubs regarding colts sides had occurred. Stenny are currently in League One, with proposals apparently having been put forward to merge that competition with the division below.

The BBC reported earlier today that the SPFL clubs had been in discussions over fresh proposals. This, of course, apparently involved introducing two colts sides into the mix to make it a 44-club pyramid.

Celtic need a fresh challenge (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

But Stenhousemuir chairman McNemeny denied this has been the case. Speaking in the Daily Record, he denied any “prolonged talks” had taken place on the matter.

“No prolonged talks have taken place. No discussions on merging League One and Two, no consultation with League One and Two at all as yet.

“Lower leagues don’t want colts”

Positive discussions that would do the world of good for youngsters

Bringing colt teams into Scottish football’s senior ranks would be a massive step forward. Celtic are looking for an alternative to the SPFL Reserve League, which has just an 18-game calendar.

Celtic want their youngsters playing elsewhere as opposed to the Reserve League (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Youngsters need to be tested more frequently than they are at reserve level. For players who aren’t currently out on loan, they’re not getting that. Of course, that is the same for all clubs in the Reserve League too. There are simply too little games.

Another issue is the fact that too many players have outgrown youth football too. The likes of Mikey Johnston, Ewan Henderson, and Jack Aitchison, for example, are too good for reserve level. Pushing them up to senior football in a competitive league such as League Two would be a great learning curve for them.

Colts sides aren’t welcome at Stenhousemuir in league action (Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)

Celtic and Rangers colt teams have featured in the Scottish Challenge Cup over the last few campaigns. Neither side has managed to come close to winning the competition, showing that they will seriously get tested if they were pushed into a senior division.

But opposition to colt sides from senior clubs isn’t unheard of. Just last month, Annan Athletic also opposed the idea, and there’s a clear lack of acceptance for colt sides coming into the SPFL.