Hearts could submit a guest club request and join Celtic and Rangers in the Lowland League
The application process has started for invited clubs to join the Lowland League for the 2022/23 season, the Scottish Lowland Football League has confirmed.
A majority of clubs voted in early April to allow reserve teams to continue in the league for another campaign after the 2021/22 season saw Celtic and Rangers B sides appear in the league for the first time. in a pilot program.
The move would likely open the door to clubs such as Hearts who have already expressed an interest in fielding a ‘B’ team in the league.
A league statement read: “We are delighted to announce that clubs wishing to be considered as a guest club for the 2022/23 season can now submit an expression of interest form.
“Following a recent vote by member clubs, the League has vacancies for guest clubs for next season.
“Any SPFL club wishing to join the League should email email@example.com to receive the criteria, league rules and an expression of interest form.
“A further announcement regarding the inclusion of guest cubs for next season will be made in due course.”
Bonnyrigg Rose were crowned league champions this season, finishing 14 points clear of second-place Celtic B, with Rangers B three points clear of fourth place.
Rangers saw Alex Lowry, Charlie McCann and Tony Weston pushing for some top team action from the Lowland League side while Celtic youngsters Ben Doak and Owen Moffat made similar advancements for the Hoops.
Invited clubs such as B teams are still not allowed to be promoted or relegated in line with similar setups across Europe.