By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

18th May, 2021 | 2:35pm

Alex McLeish reacts to Rangers Colt developments, backs financial boost from Old Firm

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Alex McLeish has backed the experiment for Rangers and Celtic to introduce their Colt sides into the Lowland League from next season.

There have been serious contrasting arguments behind the movement, despite the Lowland League approaching the Old Firm clubs [The Times].

McLeish believes that the Bears will help with finances as they look to make a good first impression upon their entry into the division.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “There will probably be arguments from both sides.

“Some will say, ‘we’re only doing this to help Rangers and Celtic.’ I don’t know if they will help with finances, which they probably should to some kind of level.

“It could be good for our younger players, but does it benefit the rest of Scottish Football? That’s the question that everybody is asking.

“For me, let’s try it and see what happens. They’re going to introduce it for an experimental season, that’s the way to do it.”

Success.

Not only will we be dominating Celtic in the Scottish Premiership next season, but our Colt side will be looking to do the same in the Lowland League.

This is a huge boost for all parties, with the League reportedly excited at the commercial benefits on the table from next season.

The Old Firm is one of the biggest rivalries in the world, and it means more off the pitch as it does on it sometimes, something that will bring more eyes to the fifth-tier of Scotland.

Steven Gerrard will want a more competitive route to his first team after the success of the likes of Nathan Patterson, and this is one step towards that.

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