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It seems a few clubs including Celtic and st Johnstone are ditching their reserve teams. I wonder if Dundee will look to do this too. It would save the club quite a bit of money for one thing and we could loan out players who were too old to play for the 18s. 

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They should definitely look at making league 2/lowland league a bit bigger and adding colt teams in from clubs with the money to finance them, cap them at playing any higher than league 1 and give the laddies experience playing against men, with full control from the club representing the club. Not just going out on loan to other sides

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Reserve League's been a waste of time this season. One week you're up against the previous week's first teamers, the next you're playing someone's under 18 team. And when McIntyre emptied our squad we had to rely on our under 18s, going from near the top of the table to near the foot.

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Anyone have knowledge of how Danish football youth systems are organised. They seem to have about the same population as Scotland and have a bit better qualification for FIFA World cup competitions. It seems we can't think our own way out of the state we are in so why not copy someone who has a roughly similar population but a considerably better World cup record. We nee to get our good young players actually trying to become professional footballers rather than seeing all the clever ones move off to uni/college and just give up on professional football.

there will be families who have had talented youngsters who never got the chance to find out if they were late developers or not.

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As hard as it is to see for some folk Colt teams are the way forward in preparing young players for competitive football while trying to maintain stylistic principles of their parent club.  The role of coaches is to develop players who can apply these principles in realistic scenarios, and unfortunately as is often seen Reserve and U18 games don't simulate the pressures enough that you get in the game.

Project Brave is essentially a starting point for this with the classification of "Elite " youth teams who would be open for entry to the lowest tier.  The biggest hinderance to this as always will be clubs who are too scared to have a philosophy which they attach to their club brand and development system for a sustained period of time and may undergo struggles and see criticism.  All of this require SPFL wide league construction to fit the colts in with a cap on where they can reach (ala Spain).

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23 minutes ago, Deestruction said:

As hard as it is to see for some folk Colt teams are the way forward in preparing young players for competitive football while trying to maintain stylistic principles of their parent club.  The role of coaches is to develop players who can apply these principles in realistic scenarios, and unfortunately as is often seen Reserve and U18 games don't simulate the pressures enough that you get in the game.

Project Brave is essentially a starting point for this with the classification of "Elite " youth teams who would be open for entry to the lowest tier.  The biggest hinderance to this as always will be clubs who are too scared to have a philosophy which they attach to their club brand and development system for a sustained period of time and may undergo struggles and see criticism.  All of this require SPFL wide league construction to fit the colts in with a cap on where they can reach (ala Spain).

You don't see Project Brave as a handicap to clubs who aren't part of it ? There's no way for aspiring clubs to get on the bandwagon as the number of these 'elite' teams is limited and could cause a divide between the clubs getting the pick of the best kids damaging those that aren't part of the 'gang'. 

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