Stephen McGowan tweets finer details of controversial Celtic colts plan

By David Walton

May 11, 2021

Daily Mail journalist Stephen McGowan has shed some light on the finer details of the controversial Celtic colts plan.

Yesterday, the Scottish Lowland League confirmed that their clubs had agreed to allow both the Hoops and Rangers to have their B teams compete in the division. This is to be on a one-season-only basis.

This looks set to take place next season. However, the idea has gone down like a lead balloon amongst many Scottish football supporters. Many believe it’s a move that will affect the sporting integrity of the division.

But McGowan has reported some of the finer details of the plan which should put some at ease. Here’s what he tweeted late last night:

Stephen McGowan tweets clear up the main concerns over Celtic colts plan

This is something that should put the rest of the Scottish football support at ease. It effectively takes away any concerns people can have over sporting integrity.

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The rules more or less stop Celtic and Rangers from using it as a platform to play first-team fringe players. Same goes with those returning from injury.

These rules ensure that the squads will by and large be development ones and focused mainly on player development. So Lowland League teams don’t have to worry about Celtic lining up with the likes of James Forrest, Chris Jullien, and Ryan Christie in the same side when they’re returning from injury.

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It’s also interesting to now that if a player plays five matches then he can’t play for the colts side until the next transfer window. That means Celtic will need to be careful with their youth integration next season. There’s no point giving a player a few games only for it to remove them from contention for the colts. This is something that has to be managed appropriately.

But there shouldn’t be too much controversy surrounding the plan. This is a boost for the football club and will be a boost for the Lowland League clubs too. All of a sudden, their league has a spotlight on it like never before.

Hopefully, the project proves to be a success.

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