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A plan to see two colt teams introduced to the SPFL could be in place as early as next season.

It’s understood reps from all 10 League Two teams met with celtic and Rangers’ development chiefs Chris McCart and Craig Mulholland last weekend to discuss a two-year pilot scheme.

And although the move would require a vote and majority approval from all 42 league clubs, MailSport believes at least seven of the 10 who’ll be directly affected by the plan have given their encouragement.

 

Rangers development chief Craig Mulholland

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MailSport - who broke the news of the initial moves to broker a deal as part of Project Brave 13 months ago - has obtained a copy of the latest proposal aimed at kicking off in the 2018/19 season.

The plan involves a two-year trial period which would see League Two grow to a 12-team set-up but:

Neither team would be allowed to win promotion or be relegated during the pilot. If they finished top or bottom or in any of the play-off places, the senior team in the next place down would automatically take that spot.

Neither side would benefit financially from the distribution of funds to the league.

The colt teams involved in the pilot project will also guarantee the purchase of a minimum of 250 tickets for each of its away fixtures at £10 per ticket, going each team, they claim, a £15,000 lift each season.

The full details of the fixture set-up with a 12-team division have yet to be decided. There is a favoured model of a 33-game schedule, although an alternative of creating a Premiership-style split and 38 games is an option.

There is also an offer for both colt teams to play all games away from home, although it's expected both would have to register full league-compliant grounds.

Cappielow could be the home of a celtic colt team (Image: SNS Group)

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MailSport revealed last June celtic had already made moves to make Cappielow their home away from home if the plan ever made it off the drawing board.

Teams would have to name a squad at the start of the season - effectively an under-21 squad with two permanent overage players - and players would not be allowed to migrate from the parent club’s top team except in transfer windows.

League sources were keen to stress last night that the plan is not limited to celtic and Rangers’ set-ups, despite the pair being front and centre of the bid to persuade clubs of its benefits.

It's also understood, however, that others who have expressed an interest previously - Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs - may be interested in the long term but aren’t ready to take up a place as early as the summer, paving the way for the two Glasgow clubs.

Aberdeen are among the teams also said to be considering the move

An SPFL source said: “Historically there have always been objections to this but what we need to understand now is this isn’t the same debate we’re having - this is about development of our young players, it’s not about Rangers and celtic leaving legacy teams behind as they seek to move on.

“So as this goes through the approval process, if it achieves support, other Premiership teams may yet want to be involved.”

MailSport understands the plan is to work their way up through the leagues with their discussions before calling an egm vote.

Any change would require the approval of 11 of the 12 Premiership clubs and 23 of the 30 (75 per cent) lower league clubs.

One League Two source who attended the meeting last weekend told us: “There were fewer objections than I’ve heard previously because Craig and Chris presented a strong case for why it would help in terms of the overall development strategy which Project Brave has been addressing. And it would be financially beneficial to a degree as well.

“But there are still a lot of questions to be answered, not least what would happen in year three. As usual with these things, we’re getting bits of the story but it would have been more helpful to hear it all and to have the SFA there as part of the discussion.

“The fact it was just Rangers and celtic doesn’t help the perception that it’s the greater good being served, no matter how convincing the case they’re putting is.”

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Just now, Gustav said:

The colt teams involved in the pilot project will also guarantee the purchase of a minimum of 250 tickets for each of its away fixtures at £10 per ticket, going each team, they claim, a £15,000 lift each season.

Elgin away ole ole

You just know PC Plod is going to have something to say about 2 sets of Rangers fans travelling to away games on the same weekend. 

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1 minute ago, Perth_Campsie_Ger said:

Pretty shit that the players can't move between the teams except from transfer windows, would essentially make it harder to move to the first team

It would, in essence. If you look at our first team squad now though, those players who are ready to step up are registered. 

I wouldn’t want us to ever be in the position we were last season where our squad was so thin/shit we had to call up the likes of Beerman and Wilson.

Although they did ok, certainly not the standard we need to be winning leagues. 

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2 minutes ago, Leeds_Bear said:

It would, in essence. If you look at our first team squad now though, those players who are ready to step up are registered. 

I wouldn’t want us to ever be in the position we were last season where our squad was so thin/shit we had to call up the likes of Beerman and Wilson.

Although they did ok, certainly not the standard we need to be winning leagues. 

Yea you are right but the likes of mcrory wouldn't of got a chance and would be playing in league 2, come a transfer window what do you do? Promote a youth who then might not get a game and goes 6 months without barely kicking a ball or buy a player for the position you require.

Also what do we do with players returning from injury needing game time?

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58 minutes ago, Gustav said:

The colt teams involved in the pilot project will also guarantee the purchase of a minimum of 250 tickets for each of its away fixtures at £10 per ticket, going each team, they claim, a £15,000 lift each season.

Elgin away ole ole

There would be more than enough Bears in Elgin and local area to take the 250 no bother. Same with all the other towns with a League 2 club. What Interests me is the prospect of the games against  the junior filth. Where would those be played,and would a crowd be allowed?

 

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20 minutes ago, Ibroxric72 said:

They certainly like our blue pound. 

Yep, we guarantee a certain amount of tickets, waive rights to any prize money, waive rights to promotion from league 2. 

The idea in essence is a good one and gives the young lads proper competitive game time, but as usual Scottish football sees a cash cow in our fans. 

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I'd be happier if the team had a bit more freedom to move around in the lower leagues. Perhaps they wouldn't be allowed to be relegated from League 2 or promoted from the Championship. Gives the boys a bit more to play for. League 2 isn't a great level and we'd probably have guys in the middle who we end up wanting to loan out to Championship teams instead.

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10 minutes ago, andy500 said:

I'd be happier if the team had a bit more freedom to move around in the lower leagues. Perhaps they wouldn't be allowed to be relegated from League 2 or promoted from the Championship. Gives the boys a bit more to play for. League 2 isn't a great level and we'd probably have guys in the middle who we end up wanting to loan out to Championship teams instead.

You’ll probably find that’s what will happen after the 2 year pilot period.

Ajax, Benfica etc all very good at producing players and part of that is that they have B teams in the lower league.

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