CELTIC Colts are standing by for the green light to join the Lowland League for a one-off season.

Parkhead bosses have opened talks to put the club’s B team into Scotland’s fifth tier for 2021/22, despite being thwarted in previous attempts for their development side to gain SPFL membership.

There will be NO Premiership reserve league next term, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

That will hit the Hoops and their Glasgow neighbours at Ibrox with a dilemma as they will want to ensure their youngsters keep developing.

Karamoko Dembele is due to come out of contract at the Parkhead club at the end of next season and the incoming manager will want to see the player in competitive action before he could ponder an extension for the teenager whose progress has stalled.

The Colts wouldn’t be eligible for promotion to League Two and the motion does have the backing of the Lowland League board.

But entry to the current 17-team set up will depend on clubs voting in favour of the proposal.

Discussions are at an early stage and will continue over the next week or so before there is a firm announcement.

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