After years of to-ing and fro-ing on the idea of adding Colt teams to the Scottish football pyramid, it looks as though it’s finally taken a step closer with the SPFL consulting clubs on if they would be in favour of the plan as part of the Scottish FA’s ‘Project Brave’. A number of European leagues already allow clubs to field a second team in their senior set-up including Spain, Portugal, Germany and Holland.
In a statement released on their website, the SPFL have confirmed talks are underway to allow clubs to field an under 21 side in the senior ranks as the football authorities look at ways to improve the development of young players in Scotland.
The statement reads: "As part of wider discussions regarding the production and development of elite young players in Scotland, particularly in the 17-21 age bracket, the SPFL is consulting with all member clubs to seek views in relation to the potential introduction of Colt teams to the league pyramid.
This consultation exercise was discussed and approved by the SPFL’s Competitions Working Group comprising representatives across all four League divisions.
Clubs have been invited to respond with their views and once feedback has been assessed, the SPFL Board will consider next steps in relation to the potential for Colt teams to be involved in the professional football pyramid."
It’s believed the proposals would see Colts start off in the Highland or Lowland leagues with the possibility of promotion as high as SPFL League One. Colt teams would be forbidden from competing in either the Scottish or League Cups however they would be allowed to continue with their participation in the Challenge Cup. It has also been reported that any interested club would need to find a ground which meets SPFL standards - Rangers U20s used Forthbank as their ‘home’ ground last season - and would take their place in the league for the 2018/19 season.
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