Report: SPFL rule to be re-introduced in time for Celtic vs Hibernian

By David Walton

January 13, 2022

Celtic vs Hibernian will be the first match to see the 5 substitution rule come back into play, according to the Times.

The Hoops will return to Premiership action against Shaun Maloney’s side on Monday night. The contest will mark the end of the winter break as Celtic look to go on a sustained run of victories to pile the pressure on Rangers.

And The Times reports that the 5-sub rule is set to come into play within the next 48 hours. This is due to many clubs having changed their minds as the season has progressed.

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Ange Postecoglou called on the rule to be reintroduced as recently as last month. Last season, Scottish football clubs were able to utilise 5 subs if they wished.

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The reason for the rule was to ensure player welfare considering clubs were trying to negotiate massive fixture schedules after such a prolonged period away from football in 2020.

The reintroduction of it, however, should led to a major boost for clubs like Celtic who have an incredibly rigorous schedule throughout the second half of the campaign.

New rule would be of huge benefit and value to Celtic

It would be of huge benefit to Celtic if this rule change was to indeed come into place before the game against Hibernian.

Not only does it allow Ange to ease some of the burden that he has put on his players. But it will also give many squad players opportunities to impress.

With Ange being a big advocate of 5 subs, you would expect him to do his damnest to utilise it appropriately if it was in place. This could lead to Celtic being fresher for longer in matches.

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Critics will say that it’s a rule that is only in place to help the big clubs. That it allows them the chance to keep their intensity high by bringing on more fresher faces and better quality players.

However, it’s all about player welfare. This is the kind of rule that could halt so many injuries occurring in the Scottish top flight. It doesn’t disrupt matches and it gives players more opportunities to impress.

It’s a sensible decision, and hopefully it does indeed get rubber stamped in the coming days.

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