Rangers have confirmed why they have withdrawn from the SPFL reserve league.
The Ibrox club have taken the bold decision to withdraw their development side from the 2019/20 reserve league season.
And instead they’ll take part in a game programme that will see them face off against some of Europe’s elite clubs.
Rangers actually won last season’s reserve league, but obviously feel it didn’t sufficiently test their players and have had to make other arrangements for the coming campaign.
Per a statement on rangers.co.uk, the club said: “Rangers Football Club can confirm the Development squad has withdrawn from the SPFL Reserve League for season 2019/20.
“Following an evaluation of last season’s Reserve League the decision has been taken to instead embark on a games programme which will test young players against teams from across Europe.”
Rangers did similar in 2017/18 when they played the likes of Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester City and Feyenoord in development games.
But director of football Mark Allen has revealed why Rangers have taken the decision to withdraw from the league.
Per the same statement, he said: “During my time at the highest level of Academy football in England and now in Scotland I have maintained that it is critical that we expose our young players to matches against men as early as possible, while combining the teaching of a playing style which will equip our players for the modern game now and in the future.
“It is clear that the ‘B’ team concept, which is utilised with great success in many countries throughout the world, is the obvious answer to the difficulties faced by players transitioning from the Academy to a first team.
“We are frustrated that the decision making process in Scotland has prevented us from introducing a ‘B’ team proposal that they have been able to implement so successfully in so many other nations, it was incumbent on us therefore to again be innovative, as were two years ago, and ensure that this disappointing decision does not impact negatively on the development of our talent.”
The addition of Rangers and Celtic colt teams has been debated within Scottish football over recent years, but so far nothing has materialised in the SPFL.