Fans across the country have been left unamused by the recent update that Celtic and Rangers ‘B’ teams could enter the Lowland League next season.
The topic of colt teams in the pyramid system has long been a thorny issue but now they have taken a big step forward. Celtic and Rangers ‘B’ teams have entered formal discussions about entering the Lowland League on a one-season basis from next term.
Clubs would earn £50,ooo from the move while there could be the added incentive of more sponsorship and live-streaming purchases with their involvement. Clubs in League Two have previously refuted requests to put Celtic and Rangers colts sides into the SPFL pyramid.
But they could be set to enter at Lowland League level, Premiership ‘B’ teams currently competing in the Challenge Cup alongside Championship, League One and League Two teams as well as selected opponents from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The recent update has split opinion.
They’ve got enough advantages over the rest of us without adding another one. Sleekit move and needs nipped in the bud https://t.co/37CdxbyuKc
— Andy Jackson (@maroonajambo) May 6, 2021
Every team have the right to apply and play be it amateur, juniors, seniors or even colt teams. But, we have well over 120 clubs from East, West and South of Scotland leagues who have 100% bought into the full pyramid, please don't wreck it for two teams. https://t.co/o3r0da9exb
— David Severs (@OnHandHandyman) May 6, 2021
You should be ashamed and embarrassed. Disgrace.
— talkingLowerLeague 💻🎙 (@TBLowerLeague) May 5, 2021
A real kick in the teeth to hard working clubs throughout the pyramid if this is voted through, hopefully the clubs see sense.
— Alan Campbell (@alncampb) May 5, 2021
Good decision but you'll get massive flack.
Lots of top leagues in Europe allow B teams into lower leagues.
Guess what most of these leagues national teams do much better than Scotland.
— Darren Doig (@dazza606) May 5, 2021
I understand why the Lowland League are doing it from a financial point of view but for me it takes away from the league and turns into a " B " feature instead of a good independent film to use a movie analogy. EOSL once had SFL reserve teams in it in the 1970s but not Old Firm.
— Alex Horsburgh (@AlexHTheMAX) May 5, 2021
Absolutely lost for words. 😔
— Gordon Moffat (@Moffstovoi) May 5, 2021
Seems to be a bold move. Certainly worth a trial.
— GeekBhoy (@IGeekie) May 5, 2021
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