SCOTLAND’S 42 league clubs are to vote on proposals to expand the SPFL set-up to 48 teams.

The outcome could see Celtic Colts added to the division’s fourth tier as early as season 2022/23, but they would be ineligible for promotion.

Under the new plans, six clubs would be introduced over the course of the next three seasons – the B teams from Parkhead and Ibrox and two sides each from the fifth-tier Highland League and Lowland League, according to a report in The Scotsman.

The proposals, which have yet to be put forward by the league, would save the bottom-placed side in League Two from relegation for the next three years.

The phased reconstruction would create four leagues of 12 teams by the 2024/25 campaign.

Proposals put forward would see the Championship expanding to emulate the 12-team Premiership in order to accommodate the first clubs joining the league structure, with the Lowland League and Highland League champions promoted to the SPFL on a year-by-year basis until the four leagues are 12-team divisions.

Existing SPFL clubs have until a week tomorrow to submit their response to the proposals ahead of next month’s AGM.

Clubs in the Lowland League recently voted to add colt teams from the Glasgow duo to their division from next season for ONE term only.

Now the Hoops youngsters could be allowed a step up to the fourth tier – if the plans are backed by a majority of league clubs.

Watch this space!

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