Report: League vote should be good news for Celtic today
2 Lowland League clubs believe Celtic, Hearts, and Rangers will be granted access into the competition via their B teams next season, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.
The report claims that both clubs they’ve spoken to will be voting against the motion at today’s crucial ballot. Celtic need 8 of the 14 votes to go in their favour in order to compete in the Lowland League for a second competitive year.
It comes after an AGM last week in which the SFA provided additional assurances to Lowland League clubs about the tightening up of rules and regulations. The entry fee, for example, has already been raised from £25k to £40k.
The Edinburgh Evening News also states that there are concerns over potential fixture congestion with the odd number of teams and a 36-game season on the cards. However, the additional income all 3 Premiership clubs could bring may prove a key advantage.
Celtic and Rangers had already been granted access to the competition for next season. However, Hearts’ application led to a saga that is now seeing all 3 clubs produce an all-or-nothing ultimatum.
Celtic B finished 3rd in the competition last season, 14 points behind Bonnyrigg Rose at the top of the table.
Lowland League access may be voted in for Celtic
B team boss Tommy McIntyre has already made his feelings on the Lowland League perfectly clear. Speaking at the end of the campaign, he stated that he felt it allowed young talent to come to the fore and showcase their skills [Celtic FC].
And there are certainly real pros for the Celtic youngsters when they compete in the competition. First and foremost, they’re up against men and former professionals. That will allow them to develop physically at a quicker rate than if they were playing Reserve League football.
In addition to that, every match is a competitive one. It’s not a case of playing challenge matches against clubs up and down the country and abroad. Yes, the latter sounds glamorous enough, but all it is for the players is friendly matches against other youngsters their own age.
The Lowland League allows Celtic B to play in a competitive environment and against clubs who will help develop their players. It’s key for both mental and physical progression, and it’s clear Celtic believed the first season was a big success.
Of course, we’ll see what happens later today as we look to get the verdict as to the vote. It’s difficult to see why more clubs would vote against the motion than would accept it.
Hopefully, it all ends with positive news for the Hoops.