Report: Celtic secure big win on league vote after drawn-out saga

By David Walton

June 7, 2022

Celtic have been granted access into the Lowland League for next season after winning their crucial vote yesterday, the Daily Record reports.

The vote was held after an initial claim to integrate Hearts into the set-up was disallowed. Clubs were only keen on keeping Celtic B and Rangers B in for next year.

However, all 3 clubs came back with an all-or-nothing ultimatum, with the Record reporting that the Lowland League clubs were given assurances by the SFA over fixture scheduling and player eligibility.

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The newspaper has revealed that a prominent club in the league has reacted angrily to the result, and is quoted as saying the following:

“We were a firm no from the beginning. And that even with a hit of £20,000 to our club – £7500 from the league and the rest from three match sponsorships and hospitality. It’s a lot of money but for us it’s more about the principle.”

The vote allows Celtic, Rangers, and Hearts to all enter B teams into the competition from next season. The entry fee has also risen from £25k to £40k per club. All 3 clubs won’t be allowed to enter the promotion playoff should they win the league.

Celtic reportedly secure Lowland League access for next season

Celtic were initially accepted back into the league for next season all the way back in April [Sky Sports]. However, Hearts’ desire to join them threw a spanner in the works.

Thankfully, it all appears to have finally been sorted after a saga that’s now dragged on for the best part of 2 months.

Celtic’s youngsters already have some pre-season fixtures on their agenda against East Kilbride and Northampton Town respectively. It remains to be seen how many more they add to that in the run-up to the new Lowland League campaign.

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The Hoops managed to finish 3rd in the competition last season, 14 points behind Bonnyrigg Rose at the top of the pile. Tommy McIntyre will be looking for a bigger push this term as they look to get closer to top spot.

It’s a big plus for Celtic’s best young talent too given it allows them the opportunity to develop against men and in a competitive schedule. A much better environment for them than friendly matches around the UK.

It’ll be exciting to follow them on their journey next term as they look to improve on last season’s successful debut campaign.

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