East Kilbride boss Stevie Aitken reckons having Rangers and Celtic Colt teams in the Lowland League could attract some of the best young talent to the fifth tier.

The two-time Lowland champs have often called upon Old Firm youngsters to help their cause and although those hopes could go out of the window next term, Aitken reckons players from other Colt sides could be enticed to the fifth tier on loan to test themselves against the best kids the Glasgow giants have to offer.

Rangers and Celtic will meet with representatives from Lowland League clubs on Monday for further talks on the proposal to admit Colt teams into the setup.

East Kilbride boss Stevie Aitken expects Rangers and Celtic Colts to get the green light to play in the Lowland League

In recent seasons, East Kilbride and other Lowland League clubs have benefited from taking youth players on loan from Rangers and Celtic.

While contracted to Celtic, striker Kieran McGrath and defender Josh Kerr made loan moves to East Kilbride, as did Mati Zata when he was on the books at Rangers.

Elsewhere, BSC Glasgow have had the likes of Lewis Bell and Shaun Bowers on loan from Celtic in recent years and Caledonian Braves had Rangers keeper Nicky Hogarth in their squad.

This season Berwick Rangers took on midfielder Joao Balde, Civil Service Strollers snapped up Lewis Budinauckas and Gala Fairydean Rovers had goalkeeper Kieran Wright, all from Rangers.

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It's an avenue Kilby and other clubs have used regularly but that would likely stop should the Colt teams be voted in.

But Aitken doesn't think it will have too much of an impact, as he believes talented youngsters from other top flight teams could also be attracted to come to the Lowland setup.

He said: "I think Rangers and Celtic have put players out on loan and they maybe haven't received the kind of benefit they were looking for at some clubs, so that's why they'll want to get their teams in this division and keep their players with them and develop there.

"We may not be signing as many players as before [from them] but I also think it will help us.

"Players will know they can play against an Old Firm side.

"For players - for talking's sake - coming from Aberdeen or Hearts [on loan] they will be able to pitch themselves against Rangers and Celtic teams and it could give them an indication of where they are with their development, so it could work both ways.

"There's still a lot to be sorted out with this proposal, so we'll see what happens."

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