New permanent rule change could come into play for Celtic next season

By David Walton

June 12, 2022

Scottish football clubs could be set to introduce the 5-sub rule on a permanent basis after IFAB updated their guidance for the new season.

Changes were made to allow clubs the opportunity to make 5 subs during the second half of last season. This was something Ange Postecoglou had previously called for due to the rigorous nature of the schedule [Glasgow Times].

However, it will be possible for it to come into play permanently after IFAB confirmed the new rule as they explained details of the updated changes to the game.

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IFAB state that the implementation of it will be down to FIFA, the respective confederation, or the national football association regarding differing competitions. This means that clubs could get the power to vote it in permanently or not, similar to what happened back in January.

Celtic regularly made use of the rule during the second half of the season with constant rotation. It was a big help in ensuring consistency too as we stormed to the Premiership title.

There would likely be plenty of pushback from clubs who feel the rules only benefit the bigger clubs. It remains to be seen how the authorities go about it.

5 sub-rule was a big boost for Celtic and Ange Postecoglou

Celtic certainly made the most of the 5-sub rule under Ange last season. It was a big help considering how many games were being played on a weekly basis. If it hadn’t been brought into place, goodness knows how the season would’ve ended up.

Yes, there’s an argument to say that it’s a boost for the bigger clubs. However, the truth is that it’s simply helpful in order to halt player injuries.

Would Kyogo and David Turnbull have been out for 3-4 months each if the 5-sub rule was brought in last summer? This isn’t just something that should be implemented due to Covid, it’s ideal for all-round player welfare.

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The rules also state that clubs will only have 3 substitute opportunities. Changes made at half-time won’t count as one of those either. That’s a big boost in that it takes away the chance for teams to needlessly time-waste in 5 different intervals.

If it does come to Scottish football, it gives more players the chance to get minutes under their belts whilst it protects the players as a whole. Fewer injuries and more opportunities – what’s not to like?

No doubt it’s something Celtic would vote for in a heartbeat.

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