Civil Service Strollers chairman Russell Pryde says he ‘would demand’ other clubs be offered places in the Lowland League as Celtic and Rangers ‘B’ team plans are prepared for discussion.

The Lowland League has officially entered talks with Celtic and Rangers over introducing their youth teams to the fifth tier of Scottish football next season. But Pryde believes that instead of these teams being offered a place in an expanded league, it should be offered to clubs in leagues like the West of Scotland Football League.

Lower league clubs should get a say over Celtic and Rangers.

Lower league clubs should get a say over Celtic and Rangers in the Lowland League. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Discussion on this issue will take place in 24 hours time, Civil Service Strollers chairman Pryde commenting: “We are now aware that there is a proposal regarding Celtic and Rangers ‘B’ teams entering the Lowland League for season 21/22. There is a Lowland League meeting of member clubs on Monday 10th May to discuss the proposal.

“Whilst I feel it is only fair to hear out the proposal – and we have many questions and views arising – there is one issue that I feel is not being addressed. The proposal is in effect to increase the size of the League by two places.

“If this is the case then I would demand these two places were first offered to clubs that have bought into the concept of a pyramid and are currently in the Lowland League feeder Leagues. Like Civil Service Strollers, they will have spent significant time and money to improve playing facilities etc.

“This must be both recognised and the spirit of the pyramid adhered to.”

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