New SPFL statement confirms five subs rule for Scottish League Cup; Premiership could follow

By John McGinley

July 24, 2020

Celtic will be able to use five substitutes in the Scottish League Cup this coming season, the SPFL have confirmed in a statement this evening.

Proposals to introduce the five sub rule will also be put forward to Scottish Premiership clubs, who will vote on the issue.

The statement reads: “The use of five substitutes in Betfred and Challenge Cup matches during the 2020/21 season has been formally approved. The decision follows a temporary amendment to Law 3 made by the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

“The SPFL Board has also recommended that the use of up to five substitutes be adopted by the Scottish Premiership. Whether or not to accept this recommendation is now a decision for Premiership clubs and will go to a vote. Approval from 75% or more of Premiership clubs will be required.

“Given that the Scottish Premiership is due to return on August 1, a resolution will be circulated to top flight clubs first. Clubs in the Scottish Championship, Scottish League One and Scottish League Two clubs will be offered the same option in due course.”

The IFAB announced the rule change earlier this month but gave individual countries the power to implement it throughout the 2020/21 season or not.

This change could benefit Celtic more than most clubs in Scotland given the young talents we have coming through and the depth we have in midfield positions.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

In a congested and difficult calendar, this could be the kind of boost we need to ensure our best and brightest players are not harshly impacted by competing in both European and domestic action.

It will be interesting to see if the measures are now voted through by the top-flight clubs.

We have already witnessed some dramatic club votes this year but, hopefully, there’s a bit more of a consensus around this one.

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