Lowland League make U-turn to allow Celtic, Hearts and Rangers to enter B teams into the division


Plans to admit Celtic, Hearts and Rangers B teams to a divided Lowland League have been waved by way of after a casting vote by the league chairman.

Requested to change their guidelines to accommodate all three in a 19-team league, SLFL sides just lately voted in opposition to the proposal by a margin of 13 to three.

The desire of the Lowland League sides was to settle for two of the three – and reject one.

Celtic and Rangers paid £25,000 to field B teams in last year's Lowland League tournament

Celtic and Rangers paid £25,000 to area B teams in final yr’s Lowland League match 

Confronted with an ultimatum to both admit all three or none in any respect, nevertheless, teams from the fifth tier held one other vote on Monday night time.

And, after an 8-8 break up, league chairman Thomas Brown voted ‘sure’ in return for the promise of a evaluate of the pyramid construction by the SFA and SPFL.

Celtic, Hearts and Rangers are keen to pay £40k every for entry, with the £120k break up evenly between the different 16 golf equipment.

Rejecting accusations of money-grabbing, nevertheless, a membership supply advised Sportsmail that the goal for the the Lowland League teams is the abolition of the promotion play-off in opposition to the backside crew from League Two – crew 42 – in return for accepting the three B teams. Any proposal alongside these traces would spark ferocious opposition from the present teams in League Two.

Scottish giants, Hearts, also decided they wanted to enter a B team into the Lowland League

Scottish giants, Hearts, additionally determined they needed to enter a B crew into the Lowland League

In a press release, nevertheless, the SFA confirmed plans for the pyramid working group to evaluate the present pyramid construction so as to discover a long-term pathway for gamers between the ages of 17 and 21.

With no reserve league in operation in Scotland, concern is rising over the way forward for academy gamers.

And, whereas Celtic, Hearts and Rangers fielding B teams in the Lowland League is a short-term resolution, the pyramid working group might be requested to provide you with a extra everlasting plan forward of season 2023/24.

Compelled to make the casting vote after a break up on the subject amongst member golf equipment Lowland League chairman Thomas Brown stated: ‘We have been at all times open to the inclusion of visitor golf equipment for an extra season given the profitable participant improvement outcomes from final yr’s pilot.

After an 8-8 split decision, it was the league chairman Thomas Brown who voted 'yes'

After an 8-8 break up choice, it was the league chairman Thomas Brown who voted ‘sure’

‘We wish to be a contemporary and progressive league and we’re excited to be enjoying our half in the eco system that develops Scotland’s expertise.

‘Importantly, we now look ahead to working with the Scottish FA, the SPFL and our buddies in the pyramid to create some new options to some present challenges which can present a shiny future in any respect ranges of our sport.’

SFA Chief Govt Ian Maxwell made a private enchantment to Lowland League golf equipment to settle for the Premiership colts sides and stated: ‘We’re delighted that the Lowland League golf equipment have accepted the participation of three visitor golf equipment for the forthcoming season. The Scottish FA helps the precept of elite participant improvement and significantly offering alternatives for gifted gamers in the key transition years from 17 to 21.

‘The Scottish FA will oversee a dialogue in parallel to suggest and implement a long-term plan with the aims of optimising the pyramid, which has been a convincing success in Scottish soccer, harnessing the participant pathway and accelerating the improvement of the nation’s most gifted younger gamers by way of the nationwide youth teams to the full worldwide stage.’

League sources favour a speedy evaluate by the pyramid working group so as to suggest change to promotion and relegation guidelines earlier than vested pursuits kick in halfway by way of a season.

SPFL Chief Govt Neil Doncaster stated: ‘It’s vastly encouraging to see such a joined-up and collaborative strategy being adopted in such a significant space of our sport.

‘There are few extra thrilling issues in soccer than watching the improvement of home-grown expertise and it’s extraordinarily encouraging that the Lowland League has agreed to help our golf equipment on a short lived foundation for Season 2022/23.

‘The SPFL will commit our energies to a course of that may discover choices and, hopefully, allow us to transfer ahead varied elements of our sport for the advantage of our 42 member golf equipment and Scottish soccer as a complete.’



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