A new ruling set to be introduced to English football could have a big impact on the Scottish game. From the 1st of January 2021, teams in the English Premier League and English Football League cannot sign foreign players until they are 18-years-old.

There will also be a cap set on the number of foreign under 21 players that Premier League clubs can sign. They will be able to sign no more than three during a single transfer window, and no more six in total during a season.

Brexit becomes factor in football

All transfers from European Union nations will also be subject to work permits, as Brexit becomes a factor in British football.

Billy Gilmour is back in the Chelsea first-team squad

Billy Gilmour left Scotland to move to Chelsea (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

What does that have to do with Scottish football? Well, the fact that clubs will not be able to sign foreign youngsters until they are 18 could seem clubs in England look to Scotland for their next generation of signings.

Scottish clubs could be raided

There doesn’t seem to be any issue with clubs in England signing players from Scotland that are under 18, so from next year there could well be some Scottish youngsters that sign for English clubs.

Scotland Under 21 v Croatia U21 - UEFA Under 21 Championship

Could more of Scotland’s brightest prospects move to England? (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Perhaps there will be more deals like the one that saw Billy Gilmour move from Rangers to Chelsea. He is a special talent, and Rangers received a transfer fee for that deal. More deals like that could happen to some of the other clubs in Scotland. That would certainly be a financial boost going forward for clubs.

Only time will tell but it would not be a shock to see some English clubs start to raid Scottish football for the brightest prospects at the clubs.

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