Brechin City have proposed the introduction of Celtic and Rangers colts teams as they look for reconstruction in an effort to avoid relegation from League Two (Daily Record).
Celtic and Rangers colts have been a talking point of late as the Glasgow clubs look to push them through financially but now Brechin have provided backing. City are currently eight points adrift in League Two and look certain to finish bottom for the second season in succession.
Last season they avoided a play-off match to determine their SPFL status as Covid-19 put football into cold storage. If they finish bottom this season though they will likely have to play the winners of a play-off between Highland League champions Brora Rangers and Lowland League champions Kelty Hearts – but the Angus clubs have come up with a Celtic and Rangers colts alternative.
Brechin have told the SPFL it would be ‘fundamentally unfair’ for play-off matches to go ahead this year on the basis of the games they have played compared to their potential opponents. Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts were denied promotion last year but have been declared champions this season to give them a chance, despite not completing their league terms.
League Two’s basement club are now suggesting the winners of next year’s Highland and Lowland League are promoted into League Two alongside Celtic and Rangers Colts, taking League Two to 16 teams. But East Stirlingshire – the first team to fall out of the SPFL pyramid into the Lowland League in 2016 – have hit out.
They Tweeted: “There is nothing “fundamentally unfair” years ago clubs voted for a pyramid. We even voted for it. We were the 1st club 42 and took our medicine, embraced the Lowland League and rallied. Dry your eyes Brechin City, you are bottom for a reason.”