Guardiola, Klopp and Rangnick want change Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is seeking

By John McGinley

December 24, 2021

A number of English Premier League managers want a return to the five-sub rule in domestic competition, just like Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou.

Yesterday, Postecoglou told Sky Sports he wants the SPFL to consider reintroducing the rule that would allow Scottish Premiership sides to make five substitutes in matches.

This was put in place last season to reduce the strain of the ongoing global pandemic, however, it was scrapped for the 2021/2022 seasons in Scotland and England.

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Top managers echo Ange Postecoglou call

Sky Sports reports that Liverpool and Man City’s Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola would be interested in an immediate return to the five-sub situation.

Meanwhile, Man United boss Ralf Rangnick told the broadcaster: “The five subs were implemented when Covid started, and I think it was the right decision to do that to save energy for players, especially if they have just recovered from Covid.

“The same is true right now – we are in a similar situation to the one we had one-and-a-half years ago, therefore I don’t see why it shouldn’t be as it was one-and-a-half years ago. As far as I know, in Europe, England is the only country where they only allow three subs.

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“I think it would be of great help to have five subs. I would be much more in favour of having five subs. I think we should seriously think about that again. Most of the players would be in favour of that.”

With European competitions already having this rule in place, and no sign of it changing, it makes perfect sense for the SPFL to follow suit in the Premiership.

Ultimately it should benefit Celtic given the size of our squad comparative to the rest of the division, so it’s as yet unclear if clubs would agree to a permanent switch.

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In fact, the International FA Board have given the green light for leagues to do this if they feel it’s necessary for player health.

As the trend grows, Scottish football shouldn’t be left behind and hopefully Postecoglou’s wishes come true.

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