Falkirk boss Steven Pressley has backed plans to introduce a new under-20 league.
He said the SPL’s decision is a “step in the right direction”, adding his Bairns would expect to be given a place in the fresh set-up.
Pressley believes his club, along with newly-promoted Ross County and Hamilton Accies, will meet the top-flight’s criteria to take part in the youngsters’ division, which was approved unanimously by the SPL at a meeting on Thursday.
He said there had been much debate in recent months whether the under-20 league is the right way forward, but believes it should be given an opportunity to prove itself.
The Bairns boss believes its commitment to youth is already reaping rewards and the new set-up will be an added bonus.
He said: “I believe that ourselves, along with Hamilton and Ross County, will make up a 15-team league. Because of our elite status as an Academy, we meet the criteria to play in the league.
“It’s going to be a league played in stadiums and, I would hope, in front of crowds as well, and I think that in itself begins to prepare players for the first team.”