Colts in league would ‘benefit Scottish football’ says Celtic coach

first_imgCeltic coach John Kennedy believes allowing the club’s colt teams into the league set up would benefit the whole of Scottish football.A major revamp of this season’s Challenge Cup saw Premiership U20s sides enter the competition, only for all 12 to be knocked out by the fourth round.Celtic progressed the furthest beating Annan and Cowdenbeath before falling to Livingston 5-1 in round three.Now plans are afoot to extend the agreement to potentially see Celtic and Rangers colts sides become part of an expanded League 2. For a league expansion to be given the go ahead, it must pass three stages of voting. Eleven Premiership clubs must say yes in round one, with 17 teams from the Premiership and Championship combined then having to vote in favour in round two.For the expansion plan to be formalised, a total of 32 clubs from 42 must then give their approval in the final stage.And Kennedy feels the move would have wider plus points outside his own team, saying: “I think you need to look at the bigger picture. It’s not just about Celtic, it’s about Scottish football and what’s best for that.“If they can make it happen and make everyone else happy as well then it’s a positive thing. Our young lads have had great experience this year with the cup. They lost to Livingston at the weekend but that’s part and parcel of first team football, it’s a wake up for them as well. “They had a great results against Annan and Cowdenbeath and they go against Livingston and lose but that’s the reality of that type of football. That can only be beneficial for them.“So it is important for Scottish football to look at that and try and make them happen.”While Kennedy feels the current structure gives players a good start, he would like to see Scotland replicate the system used in countries such as Spain or Germany where ‘B’ teams feature in the lower leagues.He added: “I think it’s crucially important for the development of our players. At the moment we have a lot of players who go out on loan to other clubs and it’s good for them to get that experience but they do go to other clubs who play a different style and have different methods.“It almost knocks them out of sync a little bit in terms of what we’re trying to do and teach them. All of a sudden they are being told something different.“If we did have that opportunity to put them in the league then it would allow us to do everything in house, allow us to keep our players rather than send them out on loan and develop them in a way we see fit in terms of developing them to a level for our first team.“Don’t get me wrong the set up so far is good and we do have some fantastic clubs who take our players and do a very good job but I think it would make things a lot simpler if we could keep everything in house.”last_img