Rangers Colts team could be set to enter the SPFL after the club made a £1.5million offer to League One and League Two clubs, according to the Scottish Sun.
Along with Old Firm rivals Celtic, the Gers are desperate to ensure there is a pathway to the professional leagues for their developing stars and they see securing a spot in the lower echelons of the SPFL as the route to achieving this.
The Light Blues have recently loaned out emerging talents like Kai Kennedy to Raith Rovers but if they get their way loans out of the club may be less common.
As exclusively reported by Sun Sport, the Glasgow rivals have offered £1.5million each to League One and Two clubs, a sum that would be spread over five years.
It is said that while there is ‘fierce opposition’ to the plan, the financial hit suffered by many lower-league clubs means this is a more than realistic proposition now, with cash-strapped clubs desperately looking for instant sources of revenue to keep afloat in these testing times.
If the plan goes ahead, both colts teams would begin at the bottom tier in an extended format, while there would be no chance of the sides reaching the Premiership as promotion would be capped at a ‘certain level’.
Pathway to success?
It is an interesting debate and one that always attracts strong views from both sides.
This is a common occurrence in many European countries such as Spain where Barcelona have made good use of their ‘B’ team.
That is where Pep Guardiola made his first foray into management and ultimately led him to the top job where he became one of the most successful managers ever seen in football.
It allowed him to blood a number of young players against hardened professionals and ultimately he took some of these with him upon his own promotion, including Sergio Busquets who blossomed into one of the best holding midfielders in the world.
Now we’re not suggesting that a similar transformative effect will take place in Scotland, but we can see where the Rangers hierarchy are coming from in that it will help to develop some of our most promising youngsters without having to farm them out on loan.
That means they continue to make use of our facilities and allows senior staff to keep a close eye as they look to integrate them into the first-team set-up.
Of course the counter-argument could be that it would be a rough introduction into professional football with opposition viewing them as a scalp, but it is certainly an option worth exploring further.