Glasgow Rangers are taking a leaf out of Brentford's book by withdrawing from next season's Development League.
The Bees closed their academy last year and focused on a B team playing a series of games against top quality opposition. The TW8 youngters are playing Manchester City in a friendly on Monday night.
While the Old Firm club are not shutting down their academy they believe that facing a higher quality set of opponents will only benefit their young talent.
"The first step was to acknowledge that, at Rangers, and indeed for Scotland as a country, we must produce a much higher standard of player," head of academy Craig Mulholland told the club's official website.
"We must accept that for us to become a club renowned for producing elite talent, and for Scotland again to become a top football nation we are required to brave enough to undertake significant change from the way we have developed footballers in the past.
"Our observations and research suggests that young Scottish players between the ages of 15 and 17 are every bit as talented as their peers in other European nations and we believe we must expose them to a challenge and fixtures programme which, not only matches, but exceeds, the quality of provision experienced by their peers in these countries.
"This should, as a minimum, keep their development trajectory in line with these top nations and reduce the drop off figure of 37% for our best potential talent making the transition from Scotland 17's, where we have been successful, to the 21's, who have not qualified for many years"