Bonnyrigg Rose boss Robbie Horn unhappy over Rangers and Celtic Colts Lowland League plan

Bonnyrigg Rose manager Robbie Horn has admitted he has major concerns over the inclusion of Old Firm colts teams in next season's Lowland League.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 11:39 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 11:44 am
Bonnyrigg Rose manager Robbie Horn has serious reservations over the admission of Rangers and Celtic Colts to the Lowland League

An indicative vote earlier this week among clubs backed a proposal to parachute Rangers and Celtic Colts into the league for one season only, with each club paying £25,000.

Rose had already made their opposition clear beforehand after a consultation with supporters revealed 95 per cent of them were in favour of rejecting the plan.

Horn says he fully backs the club's stance.

He said: "Sometimes you've got to remember your roots.

"I've no problem with Rangers or Celtic being in the league, it's just the way it's been done. For me they've got to work their way up the pyramid like everyone else, it shouldn't be any different.

"I can see why Rangers and Celtic are trying to do it but the element of being in it for a year? There's no promotion or relegation so what are they actually in for?

"It's to the detriment of the league that you have two teams in the league who are not actually playing for anything. In effect it's just glorified friendlies.

"Going forward it maybe sets up what's going to happen for next season. There's rumours they might be joining League 2 next year so this might be them just bedding themselves in.

"And if they do that will have a major impact on the lower league clubs."

Horn is also concern the move could set a precedent for other clubs to try and follow suit.

"You've opened up a huge can of worms with this," he said. "There's a lot of teams with a lot of cash who could quite comfortably stump up £25,000 to get into the Lowland League. where do you stop?

"What's to say that a Darvel or Tranent or Auchinleck or Kilwinning say here's our £25,000, we're applying to join as well. Where do you draw the line.

"As a manager I have no issue with the Colts teams being in. It's probably a good test for the players playing against Rangers or Celtic Colts and it's good for their players.

"But the way it's been done I'm just not sure about, It doesn't sit right with me."

"What's really disappointed me in the past year or so is there's been a huge clamour for people jumping over each other just to get to where they want to get to.

"But at the end of the day there's been a pandemic and thousands of people have lost their lives which puts football into significance to be honest.

"People sometimes forget that there's more important things in life than football. People have got to try and remember that as well."

"We put our cards on the table before the meeting to say this is where we stand on it

"At the end of the day it's a decision that's been made by the member clubs and we just accept that and move on."