Plans are being finalised for clubs to vote on the introduction of Celtic and Rangers B teams into League Two next season (BBC).

Two teams from the Highland League and Lowland League would also be added into the expanded 16-team division alongside the Celtic and Rangers youth sides, strategic partnerships between lower league clubs and those in the top flight also being looked at.

Celtic and Rangers could have lower league presence.

Celtic and Rangers could have lower league presence. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Stenhousemuir recently formed a partnership with Hibs that sees young players from Easter Road head to Ochilview for experience, amongst other incentives for both parties. The Celtic and Rangers proposals have been forwarded with a set of rules.

Clubs in Leagues One and Two would benefit by £100,000 minimum over a five-year period. The loan market would also open up between clubs, with proposals suggesting loans for U21 players can be increased from two to five.

The Celtic and Rangers Colt sides, alongside others, would remain in the Challenge Cup but not move into either the League or Scottish Cup competitions. B teams will have no league voting rights or access to distribution money.

Dumbarton FC v Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC - IRN-BRU Scottish Challenge Cup Final

They would remain in the Challenge Cup. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There would be no change to any of the other professional leagues in Scotland at this moment but that could change in the future. The existing League Two relegation and promotion system would stay in place, with League Two’s bottom club facing the winner of a play-off between the victors of the Highland v Lowland League play-off.

Proposals must be approved by the SFA and SPFL before clubs can vote on the matter, although several have expressed reluctance before.

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