By Nick Ware

27th May, 2021 | 12:43pm

Rangers and Celtic set for Thursday night verdict over Colts sides

Rangers expect to find out on Thursday night whether they will be able to field their Colts side in the Lowland League next season.

The Gers, alongside Old Firm rivals Celtic, have been battling for the introduction of their ‘B’ teams into the fifth-tier.

There has been fierce opposition to these plans from Scottish clubs, particularly from those competing in the East, West and South of Scotland football leagues, with the integrity of the competition under doubt as the Old Firm clubs will be ineligible for promotion.

11 out of the 17 Lowland League clubs voted in favour of the motion and the Scottish Sun report claims a final decision is imminent, with the league’s AGM set to be held tonight (Thursday, May 27).

A simple majority will be required for the plans to be pushed through.

Backlash

There has been major criticism of the plans for some time and that is unlikely to dissipate even if the idea is forced through.

The argument of it devaluing the competition does hold some weight, we cannot deny that.

Playing against teams that cannot be relegated or promoted is sure to be a frustration for sides who have to potentially endure the angst of both, while sides plying their trade below them will likely feel robbed of a place.

But the overall aim has to be acknowledged as well.

There is a major gap in the pathway of young Scottish talents, and this would help to alleviate that issue by providing them with senior-level football.

The argument might be that this can be learned at clubs on loan, but young players aren’t likely to receive the same attention and care that they would at their parent clubs.

It would also allow them to keep to a consistent style of play and that can only be beneficial for the Scottish national team, later down the line.

In other Rangers news, The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell hits out at England after this Rangers ace was handed Euro 2020 snub.