George Fraser says there is a ‘major gap’ in the ‘player pathway’ as the Lowland League chairperson welcomes discussions on Celtic and Rangers ‘B’ teams.
The Lowland League clubs will vote on proposals to introduce the Celtic and Rangers youth sides to the league for next season only. Fraser says it’s a move that will help young players in Scotland, a decision that could help the next generation.
He explained: “It is clear from the discussions we have had that both Celtic and Rangers are looking for a league to put their ‘B’ teams into where they can develop as players. Having been on the PGB sub group tasked with further developing the well-publicised ‘Scottish Football Innovation’ paper.
“It’s a project which is still on-going and may well be implemented for season 22/23, it was absolutely clear to me that there is a major gap in the player pathway which would, if not addressed, impact a generation of our best young talent. That is why the Lowland League, as a modern progressive organisation, have identified an opportunity.
“We are open to embracing positive change which will have massive benefit for our own clubs and league but importantly also for the wider Scottish game. Over the last few years the Lowland League has proved to be a well-run professional league and both these clubs feel their teams and players will develop by being part of it.
“Importantly for us we will be able to generate new revenues and shine a spotlight on the aspirational and ambitious clubs we have within our ranks. As always league integrity and the importance of the pyramid will be paramount and this will be unaffected by this plan and this was also a priority for both Rangers and Celtic who fully respect this.”
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