By Joe Ellis

25th Apr, 2022 | 4:40pm

Rangers B team Lowland League inclusion will benefit first-team hugely

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s senior team weren’t the only team in Rangers colours to be battling out in the Scottish football pyramid this season.

New for the 2021/22 season, Rangers and their Glasgow rivals Celtic were granted permission to have their B team play in the Scottish Lowland League, just one promotion away from League Two.

It’s the first time they have been allowed to play in a real competitive men’s league having been forced to play solely academy football before this campaign.

With just one game left in their season, the Light Blues sit fourth in the division with second within reach which is where Celtic currently sit on 73 points.

They won’t be catching runaway champions Bonnyrigg Rose but this was never about the B team strolling in and winning the league by a landslide.

All this was about was getting the talented youngsters at Auchenhowie game time in senior men’s football and preparing them for what is to come if, or when, they make the grade at Ibrox.

We have already seen the fruits of their labour in action too with Alex Lowry and Leon King among others feature for van Bronckhorst’s side and come through their first senior side test in flying colours.

Lowry in particular has been a special player to have in the vicinity even if it was Cole McKinnon who was awarded player of the year at the end of season awards.

It might not be until two or three seasons down the line until we really see the benefits of this move but having got their noses in before anyone else, Rangers have set themselves up to be a hugely successful side both domestically and in Europe thanks to this move.

In other Rangers news, it appears as if RB Leipzig are already on the ropes with Thursday’s Europa League clash looming large on the horizon.