Rangers in advanced talks over Colt team starring in Lowland League
Rangers and Celtic are in “advanced talks” with the Lowland League over a deal that would see the Old Firm B teams play in that division next season, according to The Times.
It is understood that the Lowland League approached the Gers and the Bhoys as it would “bring significant commercial benefits” to the fifth-tier.
Rangers and Celtic have wanted their Colt teams to play in League Two but The Times now reports that serious discussions are being held over a one-season deal with the Lowland League with neither of the Old Firm sides being able to win promotion.
Scottish Daily Mail journalist Stephen McGowan has also reported that both Premiership clubs would pay £25,000 for their Colt teams to enter the Lowland League for one year.
According to the Scottish Sun, the SPFL Reserve League won’t be taking place next season for whatever reason so Rangers need to find a way to ensure their young players continue to develop.
While talks about the Gers Colts playing in League Two have been mooted before, it seems as though it would be a lot tougher to reach an agreement with those.
Stranraer manager Jim McInally has recently expressed his disdain towards the idea, saying the “whole thing just smacks to me of hypocrisy“.
McInally isn’t the only one who opposes it too but the Lowland League clubs seem to be way more likely to accept the Old Firm B teams for one season.
It makes sense, really.
While it’s the fifth-tier and the standard isn’t going to be as good as League Two, it’s better than not playing any matches at all.
It could also serve as a benefit to those clubs, who have no doubt been hit hard by the COVID pandemic.
In other Rangers news, John Hartson is absolutely greeting in his latest radio rant.