Report: Celtic colts plan being finalised; vote to be held in April

By David Walton

March 16, 2021

A plan is being finalised for both Celtic and Rangers colts to join Scottish League two as soon as next season, according to the BBC.

The report states that a working group, with representatives from all four leagues, are looking for a vote on the issue to take place next month. The SFA and SPFL boards must also accept the proposal before any final vote can go ahead, however.

The BBC say that neither colts team will be able to progress beyond League One. There will also be a player-age cap of 21 years of age. That will stop both clubs using the matches to give out-of-favour veterans game-time.

Two teams from both the Highland and Lowland Leagues would join a 16-team League Two next season. That would put many of the lesser clubs at ease as they know the colts plan wouldn’t affect their promotion chances.

The BBC also report that neither side can compete in the Scottish Cup or League Cup. They can continue to feature in the Scottish Challenge Cup, however, as they have done in recent years. No prize money will be earned under the current proposals either, and the sides have no voting rights.

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This is big from a Celtic perspective. Finally, we have the opportunity to give our colts some regular game-time at senior level. This would be positive for the club in so many ways.

Granted, there are still effectively three more obstacles in our way before this can be passed. With the SFA, SPFL, and the clubs all needing to give it the thumbs up, we’re still a long way from finding out the final verdict. But these proposals look extremely promising and good for everyone.

Celtic will be able to keep their brightest stars at Lennoxtown instead of loaning them to lower-league clubs. It will also allow for the development squad to try and integrate the senior squad’s playing philosophy given many youngsters will still be at the club. This will give them a better chance of breaking into the side in the long-term.

Celtic youngsters training at Lennoxtown / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

As for lower league clubs, it brings more interest and revenue into the league. The BBC report states that clubs in Leagues One and Two benefit with at least £100k over a five-year period. That’s big money for lower-league teams, especially with the effect of the Covid pandemic.

There aren’t too many reasons for this to be rejected. Some of the key concerns many clubs will have had are dealt with in these proposals. Promotion and relegation isn’t affected. The integrity of the league isn’t affected. What else is there to complain about?

Hopefully, this gets rubber-stamped next month and we can see more of the likes of Luca Connell, Lee O’Connor, and Jonathan Afolabi to name a few.

In other news, Steve Clarke gave an extremely disappointing response when asked about David Turnbull today.