The Scottish Lowland League says all of its clubs have ‘the exciting proposal’ of Celtic and Rangers ‘B’ teams as big changes potentially await the division.

It has been announced that Celtic and Rangers youth teams may take part in the Lowland League next season on a strict one-term basis. The Glasgow pair will pay £25,000 for entry. Clubs will vote on the proposals which will need to be approved by the SFA.

The SFA would need to approve Celtic and Rangers colts.

The SFA would need to approve Celtic and Rangers colts. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

A statement reads: “The Scottish Lowland Football League (SLFL) can confirm that it has entered into discussions to invite Rangers and Celtic ‘B’ teams to enter the league for next season (2021/22) on a one-season basis.

“The discussions, which are at an early stage, have come following an invite to open talks from the Lowland League to both clubs to help solve the gap which exists in the player development pathway in Scotland, helping some of the countries best young players for a year, and also bringing significant benefit to the Lowland League and our clubs.

 

“Discussions have been productive and will continue over the coming days. We share a common consensus with Rangers and Celtic that player development and the importance of the pyramid system need to be priorities for the game in Scotland.

“The SLFL Board made it clear at the outset that no current member club would be adversely affected in any way by the proposal, in fact the opposite, and ultimately as a member’s organisation the clubs would need to vote in favour of this.  All of our clubs have the exciting proposal and consultation will be with them first and foremost.”

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