The latest attempt from Celtic and Rangers to squeeze two youth teams into the lower leagues was revealed last week with news that a £3 million bribe – let’s call it what it is – might sway clubs into agreeing on the proposals.
Apparently this is a solution to Scotland's problems at the international level because Spain and Germany have them and they’re much better at football than us, so we should follow suit. That’s like me buying a pair of Air Jordan’s to increase my chances of playing in the NBA.
In all likelihood, it will have minimal impact on this once proud footballing nation returning to our former status, though it will definitely help Celtic and Rangers increase their strangehold on the rest of Scottish football. Using their huge financial advantage to hoard homegrown players and impact competitiveness is already a problem in his country, it’ll only get so much worse as they buy up all the young prospects in the country with the promise of regular competitive football – the only thing that gives other clubs an edge at the moment.
Proposals would cap the colt sides at League One level, meaning they couldn’t climb higher. But you just know there will be a further nightmare of tedium when one of them eventually win the title at that level and a litany of ex-players use the news cycle to demand promotion. It’s insufferable just thinking about it.