Report: Celtic want B team in Lowland League next season; vote set for March 21st
Scottish Lowland League clubs will vote on the prospect of having Celtic B involved in the Lowland League next season, the Daily Mail reports.
The report claims that both Celtic and Rangers have contacted the fifth-tier clubs in a bid to get their youth teams involved next season.
It comes as the current Lowland League campaign approaches its end with Celtic second in the table behind Bonnyrigg Rose. Rangers, meanwhile, look like finishing 4th.
The Mail reports that the Lowland League clubs are due to host a general meeting on March 21st. During which, they’ll listen to presentations from both Celtic and Rangers before taking a vote.
The report also claims that the current arrangement sees both Celtic and Rangers pay £25k each as an entry payment. In addition to that, neither club can have their B side promoted to Scottish League Two.
Initially, the agreement between the clubs and the Lowland League was due to be a 1-season plan only. Now, it looks like it could be set for an extension.
Celtic B could be set for a big Lowland League boost this month
It’s clear how much more valuable the Lowland League has been for the Celtic youngsters this term.
Most importantly, it allows them to be involved at a senior level of the game. It allows them to develop physically against the age level they would be up against if they were playing in the Celtic first-team.
What that means is that the youngsters shouldn’t be coming into the first-team with any noticeable issues regarding their physical development. They should be much more battle-hardened than they would be if they were involved in a Reserve League or Youth League.
There’s a lot of talent in the Celtic academy to be excited about at this particular moment in time. The likes of Bosun Lawal and Rudi Vata have really caught the eye since the summer. The likes of Owen Moffat, Dane Murray, and Joey Dawson to name a few have all been given first-team experience this season too.
Ange Postecoglou has regularly had the youngsters involved in first-team training and is clearly ready to give them their shot when he feels they’ve merited it.
And there’s no denying that continued involvement in the Lowland League would help give them a quicker pathway into the first-team plans.