Celtic and Rangers Lowland League proposal open to members vote at Bonnyrigg Rose

Bonnyrigg Rose will ask supporters and club members to contribute their views on a proposal from the Lowland League to bring two Old Firm Colt teams into the division for one season.

Bonnyrigg, New Dundas Park. (Picture Michael Gillen)
Bonnyrigg, New Dundas Park. (Picture Michael Gillen)

The teams would compete alongside the New Dundas Park side in an expanded league system and pay £25,000 each for the privilege.

However the league officials have said their one-off entry and experiment would NOT adversely impact other clubs in the Lowland League.

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Now Bonnyrigg, one of the leading clubs in the fifth tier, will ask supporters for their input ahead of serving notice of the club’s intent.

"We are giving our members - our season ticket holders, sponsors, committee and life members the chance to share their views on the proposal,” the Rose announced on the club website.

“One only needs to look at social media over the past few months when the proposal to add B teams into League 2 to understand that this is a highly emotive subject, with opinion widely split on the merits or otherwise on it. We are a supporters club so as with most decisions of this magnitude we wi ll leave it up to our members to decide in order to make sure that the decision we make is representative of our fan base, rather than the opinions of a few.”

Proposals for Rangers and Celtic secondary sides have re-surfaced this season with suggestion they could be added to the SPFL pyramid at League Two level or in an expansion of the fourth tier as suggested by Brechin City.

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Under the Lowland League plan the teams would be ineligible for promotion as the clubs would be included on a one-season basis and still required to comply with all Lowland League membership criteria, including ground and staff requirements.

Rose will host a series of conference calls where they will share the league document circulated around clubs this week before gauging opinion and reporting their "declaration of intent" on which way each club will vote, on Monday evening. Non season ticket holders can also contact the club with views.

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The club added: “We would stress that we only want to hear views of our supporters, but would encourage supporters of all Lowland League clubs to get in touch with their club on their feelings about the proposal.”

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